Some would argue Illinois residents already have the Constitutional right to carry one of these -- and an Illinois House panel seems to agree.
A state House panel is recommending that the General Assembly give Illinois residents the right to carry concealed weapons.
The two proposals are expected to garner opposition from Chicago-area lawmakers, who have expressed concern about increased gun violence.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last summer overturning a handgun ban in Washington D.C., and an endorsement of concealed carry by the Illinois Sheriffs' Association has given a boost to supporters of a concealed weapon law.
House Bill 245, sponsored by Marion Democratic Rep. John Bradley, would allow the Illinois State Police to issue the permits. It was endorsed Wednesday on an 11-1 vote, with Democratic state Rep. Julie Hamos of Evanston the lone opponent.
House Bill 462, sponsored by state Harrisburg Rep. Brandon Phelps, would allow county sheriffs to issue permits.
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