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Conflicting Opinions at Concealed Carry Hearing
State lawmakers are still trying to figure out what to include in a concealed carry law. A federal judge ordered the general assembly to write a law allowing people to carry concealed handguns, after ruling the state's ban is unconstitutional.
are trying to figure out a way to compromise on this bill, and on
Tuesday, a number of conflicting opinions were voiced during more than 3
hours of testimony.
Opposing sides disagree over how strict the concealed carry law should be.
Gun rights advocates say the law should be state-wide, and apply to everyone equally, except when law enforcement provides a strong reason for why someone should've get a permit.One of the people who spoke up today is a woman who lost her daughter in the deadly shooting at Northern Illinois University, five years ago. She's against concealed carry but wants to see local law enforcement have discretion over who gets a permit.
The National Rifle Association argued against a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence says the law should include universal background checks for gun buyers.
A second public hearing on the subject is scheduled for Friday, in Chicago.