Republicans Delay House Hearing On Firearms Bill

Illinois House Republicans have called a caucus meeting before debate could begin on two dozen proposals concerning legislation allowing the concealed carry of weapons.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan scheduled a seldom-used procedure to allow open debate on public firearms possession to begin Tuesday.

A federal court ruled the Illinois ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional and gave lawmakers until June to fix the situation.

Madigan filed a bill with no language in it and invited amendments from House members. Legislators filed 27 on Monday.

The discussion was to start at noon when the House came into session. But the GOP called a closed door meeting of their 48 members until 1:30 p.m.

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