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Cities could restrict places for guns

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 2:36 p.m. CDT
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In this May 9, 2013 photo, Illinois Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, argues legislation while on the Senate floor during session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. An Illinois Senate proposal to allow the carrying of concealed weapons would let large cities add to the list of places considered off limits to guns. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois Senate proposal to allow the carrying of concealed weapons would let large cities add to the list of places considered off limits to guns.

Sen. Kwame Raoul told The Associated Press Tuesday he doesn't expect many cities to declare separate gun-free locales because there already are many statewide restrictions in the bill.

Lobbyist Todd Vandermyde says the National Rifle Association will oppose "any local control" on concealed carry.

The local option would be limited to "home-rule units" — generally cities over 25,000 in population.

Raoul's legislation includes a statewide gun prohibition in schools, taverns, stadiums, amusement parks and more.

Illinois has until June 9 to comply with a federal court order to enact a law allowing concealed guns in public.

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