The sponsor of concealed-carry legislation in the Illinois House says his colleagues are in denial. State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) reacted to the defeat of his bill Thursday night. A federal court ruling in December is spurring the legislature into action this year, giving Illinois until June to pass a concealed-carry bill. Illinois is the only state without one. The vote was seven votes short, and Phelps says some lawmakers – maybe not seven – reneged on promises to vote Yes.
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“There’s a lot of legislators out there who don’t like any bill,” Phelps said after the vote. “It better get real here soon, because (the deadline is) June 9.” “It seems that no matter how hard we negotiate and we move, it never seems to be enough for certain people,” says the National Rifle Association’s Illinois director, Todd Vandermyde. “I’m not sure if there’s much left for us to talk about.”
Phelps says the representatives who voted against his bill probably hope the court gives the state more time and also noted the key Senate negotiator on concealed-carry was on the floor; perhaps something will happen in that chamber next week, Phelps said.