The full Illinois Senate could vote today on a more restrictive concealed carry bill that has drawn fierce opposition from the gun lobby.
Democratic Senator Kwame Raoul’s bill gives state police more latitude to reject concealed carry permit applications, and allows local communities like Springfield to set their own rules for where guns can be carried.
Pro-gun groups say Raoul’s bill is intended to make it difficult or impossible for most people to legally carry a firearm for self-defense.
In the House, Democrat Brandon Phelps says they are working on a bill that would have a "shall issue" standard, but says he is willing to concede banning loaded weapons on public transportation to get the "shall issue" provision. Phelps appeared on 970 WMAY's Bishop On Air Thursday (mp3 download).