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Posted on 06/01/2012 10:06:01 AM PDT by marktwain
As state legislators wrapped up their session Thursday, a concealed carry bill allowing the people of Illinois to carry guns had not been called for a vote as some had hoped.
Earlier this month, State Rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris, joined numerous other representatives in not only sponsoring the concealed carry bill, but also starting an online petition in its favor.
The proposed bill allows people who acquire a permit the ability to carry a loaded firearm. To apply for a permit, a person must be 21 years of age and have a FOID card. Applicants cannot have been convicted of any felonies or some misdemeanors, and they would be required to take firearms training from a certified instructor, as well as an educational component.
"It's our second-amendment right, it was obviously important to our founding fathers . . . I personally probably wouldn't do it, but that is my decision. I feel as an American we should have the right to decide," Roth said.
"We are the only state in the union that doesn't have concealed carry."
Last week, Roth said state Rep. Brandon Phelps, who filed the House bill, thought he only needed a few more votes to get it passed and was hoping for it to be called before the end of the session. But it was never called and now will have to wait for the veto session.
In addition to being "our right," Roth said she believes just the idea that someone might be carrying a gun could deter a perpetrator from committing a crime against someone.
"Less than 1 percent of people with permits commit a crime," she said. "It's not like we're going to influence crime because of this. Criminals already have guns, it's not like they have FOID cards."
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