An Illinois House committee has decisively approved a compromise plan that would end Illinois's long-standing ban on carrying concealed firearms.
The measure that passed the Judiciary Committee on a 13-3 vote sets a "shall issue" standard that would require State Police to issue permits to applicants who pass a background check, meet training standards, and pay a $150 fee. Local law enforcement would have the right to object to permit applications, and a separate panel would then decide whether to grant one.
The bill also sets statewide rules for where guns cannot be carried... including schools, parks, public transportation and most government buildings. A vote in the full House is expected Friday.