Mt. Vernon Register-News

May 14, 2013

Cities could restrict places for guns


Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD — —

An Illinois Senate proposal to allow the carrying of concealed weapons would let large cities add to the list of places considered off limits to guns.

Sen. Kwame Raoul (KWAH'-may rah-OOL') told The Associated Press Tuesday he doesn't expect many cities to declare separate gun-free locales because there already are many statewide restrictions in the bill.

Lobbyist Todd Vandermyde says the National Rifle Association will oppose "any local control" on concealed carry.

The local option would be limited to "home-rule units" — generally cities over 25,000 in population.

Raoul's legislation includes a statewide gun prohibition in schools, taverns, stadiums, amusement parks and more.

Illinois has until June 9 to comply with a federal court order to enact a law allowing concealed guns in public.