The Democratic-led majority in the Illinois House earlier this week debated to lay down limits on where exactly gun owners can legally carry their weapons in public.
In the day long action that went into the evening hours, 27 proposals ranging from whether guns should be allowed in buses and trains to stadiums and amusement parks were voted upon as HB1155. Many Republican representatives and even downstate Democrats felt that with all of the amendments gunowners would be lucky to be able carry weapons in their own back yard.
House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, set aside a special order of business to address the controversial issue and require votes on each individual amendment to a Democratic bill. Madigan, the state’s Democratic Party chairman, called for up-or-down votes on the long line-up of amendments rather than weeding them out in committee or behind closed doors—and then tacking on a few changes in the full House.
State Representative Bill Mitchell told House members the debate proved while the Democrats have the majority….they can’t lead.
The Federal Appeals Court ordered the state to legalize concealed carry by early June. Most Republicans supported House Bill 997, the original concealed carry proposal which has nearly 50 sponsors from both parties. It was attached as amendment 27 and incorporates all of the other amendments that were approved on Tuesday and while it was approved, it now contains a lot of conflicting amendments along with 9 hostile amendments that were added.
The negotiations continue.