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Ill. lawmakers want to tweak concealed carry law


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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers are considering amending the state's new concealed carry legislation.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports a series of changes are already being introduced in Springfield, even though the first concealed carry permits haven't been issued.

Some of the proposals would make it easier to get a permit, while others would expand the list of locations where people would be allowed to carry weapons. Others would tighten restrictions.

Forsyth Republican state Rep. Bill Mitchell wants to cut the number of required training hours in half for people who want a concealed carry permit.

But a Harrisburg Democrat who was the chief sponsor of the original legislation says it's too early to tweak the law.

Rep. Brandon Phelps says "everybody needs to take a deep breath."

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