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House guns bill would overrule local gun laws

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:00 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:03 a.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois legislation allowing public possession of concealed guns would wipe out local firearms ordinances.

Some opponents following debate Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee are raising objections to a concealed carry measure sponsored by southern Illinois Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps.

The measure comes two weeks before a June 9 deadline set by a federal appeals court for Illinois to enact concealed carry.

Tom Vanden Berk of the Gun Violence Prevention PAC says the plan overrules local laws such as Chicago's assault weapons ban.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Ann Williams says the court ruling only applies to concealed carry and should not interfere with other laws.

But Phelps says 109 cities have some sort of gun law and it would be too confusing.

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The bill is SB2193.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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