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Illinois House Votes to End Concealed-Carry Ban

A law that would end Illinois' status as the last state in the nation without concealed-carry provisions passed the House with enough votes to override a likely veto.

By an 85-30 vote, the Illinois House moved on Friday to approve a law allowing certified residents to carry concealed firearms, which would end Illinois' status as the only state in the nation to completely prohibit carrying guns in public.

According to Reuters, the "shall-issue" law, supported by Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan, mandates that concealed-carry permits be issued to Firearm Owners Identification Card-holders who have completed 16 hours of training; it maintains the ban on firearms in many places, including government buildings, schools, stadiums and bars.

"Criminals are cowards," Rep. Mike Bost, a southern Illinois Republican, told the Associated Press before the vote. "If they know there's an opportunity they're going to get caught or get shot – because they don't like a fair fight – they're not going to commit the crime."

The measure is opposed by Chicago-area lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, though the vote was far more than enough to overturn a likely veto.

"This legislation is wrong for Illinois," Reuters quoted Quinn saying after the vote. "We need strong gun safety laws that protect the people of our state. Instead, this measure puts public safety at risk."

A federal court ruled late last year that Illinois’ ban on conceal carry was unconstitutional and mandated that the state institute a program by a June 9 deadline, after which it would fall to cities and counties to handle restrictions (or not,) which Western Springs Republican Jim Durkin told the AP would result in "more chaos and havoc on our streets."

Read more at Yahoo! and the Huffington Post.

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Michael Hunt May 29, 2013 at 05:33 PM
JOHN THE DOPE, Adam Lanza is on the phone for you. TONIGHT YOU PUKES WILL SLEEP WITH YOUR RIFLES. YOU WILL GIVE YOUR RIFLE A GIRL’S NAME BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY PUSSY YOU PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET. YOUR DAYS OF FINGER-BANGING OL’ MARY-JANE ROTTENCROTCH THROUGH HER PRETTY PINK PANTIES ARE OVER. YOU’RE MARRIED TO THIS PIECE. THIS WEAPON OF IRON AND WOOD. AND YOU WILL BE FAITHFUL. PORT, HUT! PREPARE TO MOUNT! MOUNT! PORT, HUT! PRAY! THIS IS MY RIFLE. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS LIKE IT, BUT THIS ONE IS MINE. MY RIFLE IS MY BEST FRIEND. IT IS MY LIFE. I MUST MASTER IT AS I MUST MASTER MY LIFE. WITHOUT ME, MY RIFLE IS USELESS. WITHOUT MY RIFLE, I AM USELESS. I MUST FIRE MY RIFLE TRUE. I MUST SHOOT STRAIGHTER THAN MY ENEMY, WHO IS TRYING TO KILL ME. I MUST SHOOT HIM BEFORE HE SHOOTS ME. I WILL. BEFORE GOD I SWEAR THIS CREED: MY RIFLE AND MYSELF ARE DEFENDERS OF MY COUNTRY, WE ARE THE MASTERS OF OUR ENEMY, WE ARE THE SAVIORS OF MY LIFE. SO BE IT, UNTIL THERE IS NO ENEMY, BUT PEACE. AMEN. ORDER, HUT! AT EASE! GOOD NIGHT, LADIES.
Michael Hunt May 29, 2013 at 05:38 PM
My favorite scene in Full Metal Jacket is when Gunnery Sergeant Hartman is talking to the maggots about Lee Harvey Oswald and Charles Whitman. DO ANY OF YOU PEOPLE KNOW WHERE THESE INDIVIDUALS LEARNED HOW TO SHOOT? PRIVATE JOKER? IN THE MARINES, SIR! IN THE MARINES! OUTSTANDING! THOSE INDIVIDUAL SHOWED WHAT ONE MOTIVATED MARINE AND HIS RIFLE CAN DO! AND BEFORE YOU LADIES LEAVE MY ISLAND, YOU WILL ALL BE ABLE TO DO THE SAME THING! What a fantastic movie!
Darren McRoy May 29, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Thanks for all the comments; closing the stream now.
Resurrected May 29, 2013 at 09:21 PM
John the fox is a liar and moron!!!
Zac James May 31, 2013 at 08:38 PM
I'm going to have to undergo 8 hrs of training to CARRY a weapon. I am a 4 yr usmc infantry marine with 2 combat deployments. Meaning all Iv done for 4 yrs is weapons employment/safety. Thanks a lot Illinois, already gave 4 yrs for America lets go ahead and tack on 8 more hrs for IL. I am glad it passed, but wow...

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