Time's running out of concealed carry law

April 19, 2013 

Illinois lawmakers are used to pushing pensions and other issues down the road, and now they're trying to do it with concealed carry legislation.

This week a reasonable concealed carry bill with sensible rules and restrictions failed in the House 64-45, seven votes shy of the supermajority needed for passage.

What the opponents don't seem to appreciate is that the clock is ticking; a federal appeals court has given them until June 9 to enact a concealed carry law. If that deadline is missed, Illinois residents will be able to carry concealed guns with virtually no restrictions.

Opponents don't like it that the bill would let people carry a gun on public transportation. Do they understand that if they don't pass a bill and concealed carry is enacted by default, people will be able to carry guns not just on public transportation but in schools, bars, stadiums and airports? Will that make them happier?

Tick, tock.

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