Lawmakers add more hurdles to proposed concealed-carry law
3 months ago
Under a string of proposals narrowly approved in the Illinois House Wednesday, firearms owners would be subject to additional hurdles once the state’s first-ever concealed-carry legislation is enacted.
Though all votes are preliminary, the proposals would require owners to register their guns, report lost or stolen firearms to state police within 72 hours and lock up their guns if they live with someone who is mentally ill.
Wednesday’s debate was the third installment in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s unusual process of taking preliminary roll call votes on separate gun issues. Lawmakers are under orders from a federal appellate court to craft legislation by June that allows Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons.
Many pro-gun lawmakers, including Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, criticized the process, saying legislators should work on a single comprehensive bill, rather than voting separately on disjointed amendments, as they have over the past four weeks.