Gun rights supporters are celebrating a couple of big wins at the Capitol. Lawmakers approved a concealed carry bill Friday… one which sets a “shall issue” standard for State Police, but still allows local law enforcement to object to concealed carry permits. The law allows some local regulation of guns, but puts limits on those regulations. That bill now goes to Governor Pat Quinn.
And the Illinois Senate narrowly rejected a bill that would have banned the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Some parents of the Newtown school shooting victims had lobbied in support of the bill… but it lost on a vote of 28 in favor, 31 against. Democratic State Senator Dan Kotowski, who sponsored the bill, expressed frustration that pro-gun groups had successfully opposed the bill, at one point declaring, "Screw the gun industry."