Conceal Carry Gun Bill: Daley Keeps up Opposition
(Chicago Tribune) — The debate over whether to allow Illinois residents to carry concealed guns with a permit was waged from the Capitol to Chicago on Wednesday, well ahead of any actual vote on the issue. Up north, outgoing Mayor Richard Daley warned of a city in which parks, college campuses, malls and other public places could be crowded with gun-toting citizens if the General Assembly passes the conceal carry bill. Daley said he and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel sent a letter urging lawmakers to vote it down. “Do you want guns at your neighborhood festival or block party? Or in a park, like the one we’re here today?” Daley asked at a news conference at the Austin Town Hall Cultural Center, where he was joined by several aldermen and anti-violence advocates. “CTA buses or trains? Do you want students with concealed weapons walking around every college campus in the state?” The conceal carry legislation cleared a House committee this year but is being fine-tuned. Sponsoring Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, said he’s “three to four votes short right now” and said no vote will happen until late April at the earliest.