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Senate committee to consider gun bill

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:36 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois concealed carry legislation that requires special permission to have a gun in Chicago is scheduled for a Senate committee vote.

The Senate Executive Committee will hear Sen. Kwame Raoul's proposal to comply with a federal appeals court ruling. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December that Illinois' ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional and gave lawmakers until June 9 to rectify the problem.

Raoul's measure would allow gun owners to apply to the Illinois State Police for a permit. They would need training and to clear a background check.

But those wanting to carry a gun in Chicago would also need permission from city police. The National Rifle Association opposes such an "endorsement."

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The bill is HB183.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov.

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