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A Tale of Two Gun Bills
A Tale of Two Gun Bills

As the concealed-carry debate continues in Springfield, we have a tale of two bills.

A bill which has already passed the House pre-empts all local gun ordinances, while a new bill, introduced by State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), supersedes home rule only when it comes to concealed-carry.

The General Assembly, which is scheduled to adjourn Friday, is working against a June 9 deadline to find a way to allow concealed-carry in a way that passes court muster.

A Senate committee passed the new Raoul bill and defeated the House bill.

“This is a dramatic expansion of pre-emption beyond concealed carry,” Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) said of the House bill.

The National Rifle Association is against the concealed carry bill that passed the committee, and was neutral on the bill that failed. NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde said neither bill is good for gun rights, but one was an easier pill to swallow.

“We’ve already wasted almost 180 days on this subject, without having a law that there is certainty for the citizens of this state going forward,” Vandermyde said.

In a statement, the governor’s office said the Raoul bill “provides a reasonable framework that would protect critical gun safety ordinances across Illinois. This bill would place reasonable limits and restrictions on guns in Illinois while protecting the important principle of home rule. We must ensure that Illinois municipalities can continue to take additional steps to ensure public safety for their residents.”

H.B. 183 passed the Senate Executive Committee.

S.B. 2193 failed in the Senate Executive Committee.