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Illinois House Votes Against Concealed Weapons Bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (UPI) — The Illinois House voted against a concealed weapons proposal supported by gun rights activists, leaving legislators less than two months to agree on a law.

Illinois must put in place a concealed weapons law by early June due to a federal appeals court mandate.

The measure Thursday got only 64 of the 71 votes needed to pass a bill supported by Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps.

The bill would have allowed people to carry guns on mass transit buses and trains, but not in taverns, schools, casinos, stadiums, child-care facilities, universities and government buildings, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“This could be our last chance,” Phelps said of the bill. “We keep giving and we keep giving and we keep giving.”

Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy supported a more restrictive gun control bill that was defeated Wednesday. She said there needs to be negotiation regarding the divide between hunters’ rights and the rights of citizens.

“The only hunting that’s happening in my neighborhood is of young men,” Cassidy said.

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