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Senate, House approve concealed carry bill

May 31, 2013 at 05:18 PM

The Associated Press

The Illinois Legislature has approved a gun measure that would end the last statewide ban in the nation on the concealed possession of a firearm in public.

The 89-28 vote Friday in the Illinois House sealed a compromise that was a response to December's federal appeals court order that Illinois drop its ban by June 9. The Senate approved it earlier Friday 45-12.

The legislation now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not indicated whether he'll sign it.

The compromise requires all local governments to allow concealed carry, but existing firearms ordinances can stay in place. Gun rights advocates unsuccessfully pushed for the elimination of such ordinances, including Chicago's assault weapon ban.

The measure would prohibit concealed carry in such places as schools, taverns and parks, but allows a gun to be kept securely in a car.

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The bill is HB183


Illinois Senate defeats ammunition limit

A plan to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois has failed in the Senate.

Senators voted 28-31 Friday. The legislation would have banned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and bill sponsor Sen. Dan Kotowski lobbied for the bill with parents of children fatally shot Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn. The parents of three children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School gave emotional testimony at the State Capitol.

Kotowski says legislation would exempt police, military and shooting competitions.

However, Todd Vandermyde of the National Rifle Association has said he should have the same weapons as police to protect his family.

Quinn wants an assault weapons ban and has tried unsuccessfully for one previously.
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The bill is HB1346


Private gun sales regulated in new Illinois Senate measure

The Illinois Senate has OK'd legislation regulating the private sales of guns and requiring the reporting of lost or stolen guns to authorities.

The Senate voted 41-15 on the bill that popped up on the floor Friday for the first time. It came right after the chamber approved the carrying of concealed guns.

The measure sponsored by Sen. Kwame Raoul -- a Chicago Democrat -- requires a person selling or transferring a gun to verify the buyer has a valid Firearm Owners Identification card.

It also requires lost or stolen guns be reported within 72 hours.

Both measures were part of Raoul's concealed-carry bill before gun advocates protested.

The bill goes to the House on the Legislature's last day in session.

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The bill is HB1189

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