Concealed carry (courtesy

“The Illinois House tonight defeated a concealed weapons proposal favored by gun rights advocates [i.e. the NRA], a setback that could spur negotiations toward finding common ground with lawmakers who back gun control,” reports, oddly, with extreme bias. “Rep. Brandon Phelps, the legislature’s leading concealed carry advocate, challenged his colleagues to vote for what he viewed as reasonable parameters on where people could carry guns in public, who is allowed to carry, who decides whether a person is eligible and how much training should be required. ‘This could be our last chance,’ Phelps said, saying he had made changes to address numerous concerns of gun control  lawmakers. ‘We keep giving and we keep giving and we keep giving.'” Illinois HB 997 lost by seven votes. The June 9 court-mandated deadline for a CCW deal looms large.

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