The Illinois State Police are opposed to the bill, but said it would be neutral if a few technical things are changed about it. (Stephanie Pawlowski/WJBC)
By Claudia Johnson
SPRINGFIELD - The newest concealed-carry legislation in the Illinois House has already moved out of a committee, with some lawmakers objecting to its pre-emption of home rule.
The suspension of local ordinances applies not just to concealed-carry but to all local gun laws.
“ We’re not just pre-empting home rule for concealed carry, the carrying of weapons. We’re pre-empting home rule for any firearms regulation,” said State Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago).
The bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), says the bill protects law abiding gun owners by having one standard. It is supported by many Republicans, though with some concern.
“I see an opportunity for law enforcement to make numerous arrests of good honest people, who inadvertently do exactly what you say. I’m armed,carry a firearm on mass transit. It isn’t unloaded,” said State Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Pecatonica).
The Illinois State Police are opposed to the bill, but said it would be neutral if a few technical things are changed about it.
The National Rifle Association has taken no position on the bill.