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Raoul: 'Extremists' delay Senate gun-carry bill

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois senator is blaming unnamed "extremists" who oppose legislation to restrict the possession of concealed guns for delaying a vote on the issue.

Chicago Democratic Sen. Kwame Raoul sought a vote on his concealed-carry bill Friday before the Senate adjourned for the weekend. But he told reporters "extremists" he would not identify used "intimidation" among "aggressive advocacy" tactics to oppose the bill. He appeared to be referring to the National Rifle Association.

NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde (VAN'-dur-meyed) says he has had low-key conversations with senators about what he calls Raoul's flawed bill. Vandermyde says he hasn't "raised my voice to anybody on this."

Raoul says he doesn't know when he'll call the measure for a vote.

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The bill is HB183.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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