Legislation that had the support of Alton State Representative Dan Beiser fell to defeat Thursday in Springfield, meaning supoporters of concealed carry in Illinois will have to try again to get a law passed by the early-June deadline. The 7th U.S. Court of Appeals in early December ordered the state to draft a law allowing concealed carry within a six month time window. That window is rapidly closing.
Beiser says the measure fell, as the bill needed 71 votes, but only got 64. He says it's important to note nine members either absent or voting "present".
Illinois is the only state which does not allow gun owners to carry a weapon outside the home. Beiser says he has worked with many legislators on both sides of the aisle, the National Rifle Association and the Illinois Rifle Association to find a comprehensive and reasonable concealed carry bill. Beiser remains hopeful a law can be passed before the spring session ends May 31.