SPRINGFIELD (AP) – A compromise plan on concealed weapons heading for a House floor vote drew swift opposition Thursday from Gov. Pat Quinn, whose office called it a “massive overreach” because of the way it would curb local firearms regulations.
Chief among them is Chicago’s ban on assault-style weapons, which would be stricken from the books, a deal-breaker for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The House Judiciary Committee endorsed Speaker Michael Madigan’s plan 13-3 Thursday, one day after it surfaced as an alternative to a plan backed by the National Rifle Association that failed by seven votes in the House last month.
The action comes just weeks before a June 9 deadline set by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ordered in December that Illinois drop its last-in-the-nation ban on the public possession of concealed weapons because it violates the Constitution’s Second Amendment.