Under a concealed carry bill from the Senate, anyone wanting a gun in Chicago would need special permission. (Photo from Flickr user Secretly Ironic)
By The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD - An Illinois Senate committee has approved a concealed carry proposal that would require special permission to have a gun in Chicago.
The Senate Executive Committee approved Sen. Kwame Raoul's proposal 10-4 on Thursday afternoon. Republican minority leader Christine Radogno voted ``present.'' The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December that Illinois' ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional. It gave
lawmakers until June 9 to rectify the problem.
Raoul's measure would allow gun owners to apply to the Illinois State Police for a permit. They would need training and to clear a background check.
But those wanting to carry a gun in Chicago would also need permission from city police. The National Rifle Association opposes such an "endorsement.''