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Quinn skeptical of House weapons plan

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(Seth Perlman)
Illinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz, D-Buffalo Grove (center) speaks to lawmakers including Illinois Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg (left) during a House Committee hearing on concealed carry gun legislation at the State Capitol Thursday in Springfield.

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.

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