SPRINGFIELD-House Speaker Michael Madigan has scheduled two hearings later this month to take up gun-control legislation, including how to respond to last December's ruling that struck down Illinois' law that banned residents from carrying concealed firearms.
The House Judiciary Committee will convene on at noon Feb. 19 at the state Capitol and at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Michael Bilandic Building in Chicago to take up the gun issue.
"In light of events in recent months in Illinois and in other parts of the country, it's appropriate and necessary that we give a full vetting to proposed state legislation on this matter," Madigan said in a prepared statement.
"These hearings will provide an opportunity for gun safety advocates, gun rights supporters and members of the law enforcement community to offer their views and argue their cases to legislators and the people of Illinois," he said.
On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn laid out a broad gun-control package that would ban the sale and possession of military-style, semi-automatic "assault" weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and ramp up reporting of mental health cases to the State Police, who administer state gun permitting.
Quinn also said he believes any concealed carry legislation needs to explicitly bar gunowners from taking their weapons into shopping malls, schools and sports arenas and stadiums and undergo fingerprinting before being eligible for a concealed carry permit.