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House Republicans delay concealed-carry debate

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 1:00 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois House didn't even complete debate on the first of more than two dozen amendments to concealed-carry gun legislation before Republicans shut it down.

Speaker Michael Madigan — a Chicago Democrat — set up a process Tuesday to debate court-required concealed-carry legislation issue by issue. Lawmakers filed 27 amendments covering varying aspects of the issue.

But discussion of the first meaningful amendment wasn't complete before the GOP called a private caucus until 3:30 p.m.

Republicans complained about the piecemeal approach. They want an up-or-down vote on a comprehensive conceal-and-carry bill like one filed by southern Illinois Democrat Brandon Phelps.

The amendment under discussion was filed by Chicago Democratic Rep. Mike Zalewski and would prohibit guns in schools.

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The bill is HB1155. Phelps's bill is HB997.

Online: https://www.ilga.gov

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