Gun bill back to the beginning

Published 04/19 2013 05:08PM

Updated 04/23 2013 04:13PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Time is running out for lawmakers to strike a deal on concealed-carry. The latest plan didn't pass Thursday, so now lawmakers are back to square one. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels has more.

There's a little more than seven weeks left before Illinois has to get a concealed-carry law on the books, but lawmakers are heading back to the drawing board.

"It's just frustrating because, in the past, you throw a bill up there, it gets defeated and then you just go on to the next session. But, this year it's different because we have a court ruling on our side."

Representative Brandon Phelps (D) has been trying to pass concealed-carry for more than a decade.

"We always give. We're tired of giving. We're willing to listen, but we're not going to wait forever."

He says now it's all come down to two major roadblocks; where you can carry and who can get a permit, since Chicago doesn't want the same rules as downstate.

"It's tough to overcome. It's like David versus Goliath."

It's leaving lawmakers stuck in gridlock. That's because to pass a statewide gun bill, it takes 60-percent of lawmakers to agree, but both sides are split right down the middle.

"I know there are a lot of people that just want to walk away from this, but if we go off that June 9th cliff, I think there's too much uncertainty."

That would mean no gun restrictions at all. It's something both sides say they don't want to happen.

Representative Phelps says, at this point, he thinks they all just need a little break from the gun debate, but he hopes they can get something hammered out by the beginning of May. That way, there's time to spare before the June deadline.

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