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House, Senate send concealed-carry compromise to Quinn

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SPRINGFIELD-After six months of debate, the question of whether Illinois gun owners should be allowed to carry their weapons in public places now rests with Gov. Pat Quinn.

The state House Friday voted 89-28 to approve a compromise gun deal that preserves local gun laws, including Chicago and Cook County's bans on assault weapons, and keeps gun owners from carrying their loaded weapons on public trains and buses.

But it hands gun owners a potent new right that would end the state's last-in-the-nation prohibition on concealed carry and, in the eyes of gun-rights advocates, put a dent in the state's crime rates.

"This is a very historic day. I never thought this day would come," said Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), a gun-rights advocate at the center of concealed-carry negotiations.

"Crime has gone down in every state that has had concealed carry," Phelps said.

The House's action came after the Senate voted 45-12, with one voting present.

Quinn has kept his intentions about concealed-carry close to the vest. On Friday, as the legislation took a fast-track path through the Senate and House, his administration expressed neutrality toward the bill.

Asked whether he'd sign it, spokeswoman Brooke Anderson would say only, "The governor will review the bill once it reaches his desk."

The Legislature and Quinn face a June 9 deadline imposed by a federal appeals court in Chicago to change the state's prohibition against allowing gun owners to carry their weapons in public areas.

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Thanks to NRA contract lobbyist Todd Vandermyde for inserting Duty to Inform (DTI) in Phelps carry bill so it could be adopted by Chicago machine dems like Sen. Kwame Raoul for the final bill. So what if citizens get abducted or raped by police impersonators in plain clothes who flash a fake sheriffs badge like John Gacy before he tortured and murdered his victims? The important thing is to get a bill passed for NRA. Thanks also for inserting unlimited privacy waiver language so the government can pull bank accounts, tax returns, and anything else they want from ccw licensees and retain them indefinitely. Passing a horrible bill creates job security, so a lobbyist has a job for the next ten years at least "fixing" it. Imagine being paid over $100K per yr. to betray the people you are supposed to represent, then having bosses like Chris Cox and Chuck Cunningham at NRA/ILA in D.C. who are 1000 miles away and don't really care what you do. Vandermyde must have learned some great lobbying techniques from his former boss William Dugan at the Intl. Union of Operating Engineers local 150 before Dugan got busted by the US Attorney in 2010.

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