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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.


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


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