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Ill. Senate gun bill to get overhaul

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 12:30 p.m. CST

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois Senate legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons appears less permissive than touted but it's scheduled for a rewrite before it's even filed.

The Associated Press on Monday obtained a copy of Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul's bill. He called it a compromise between Chicago lawmakers fighting street violence and downstate moderates who want easier access to guns.

The legislation would require applicants statewide to be of "good moral character" and have "proper reason" to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Gun-rights supporters say those are subjective opinions that go beyond ensuring applicants are properly trained and have no criminal background.

Rikeesha Phelon is a spokeswoman for Senate Democrats. She says the legislation won't be filed and will be rewritten.

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