Madigan: 'Tough' decisions ahead on concealed guns

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says lawmakers will need to take "tough positions" to reach a compromise on legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons.
   
The Senate Executive Committee on Thursday endorsed a concealed-carry measure that would require permit applicants be of "good moral character." It would also create a separate local police endorsement for people who want to carry a gun in Chicago.
   
That differs significantly from proposals in the House - one of them a National Rifle Association-backed bill that fell short of passage last month.
   
Madigan says compromise on the issue by a June 9 federal court-ordered deadline will be difficult. He says the deeply divisive issue will require lawmakers to compromise and do things they typically oppose.
 

Earlier story:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois Senate committee has approved a concealed carry proposal that would require special permission to have a gun in Chicago.
   
The Senate Executive Committee approved Sen. Kwame Raoul's proposal 10-4 on Thursday afternoon. Republican minority leader Christine Radogno voted "present." The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December that Illinois' ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional. It gave lawmakers until June 9 to rectify the problem.
   
Raoul's measure would allow gun owners to apply to the Illinois State Police for a permit. They would need training and to clear a background check.
   
But those wanting to carry a gun in Chicago would also need permission from city police. The National Rifle Association opposes such an "endorsement."

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