The following is a news release issued by State Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville:
State Rep. Kay Hatcher joined a supermajority in the Illinois House of Representatives in voting to pass Senate Bill 2193, a balanced approach to allow the concealed carrying of firearms by law-abiding Illinoisans.
“Today’s House passage of new concealed-carry legislation is the result of long and contentious, but ultimately successful negotiations,” Hatcher said. “This is a truly balanced approach that protects law abiding gun owners’ Constitutional rights, while also enacting common-sense community safeguards.”
SB 2193, which passed on a vote of 85-30, came near the end of the six-month period which a federal court gave the state to pass a concealed carry law that was in compliance with the Second Amendment. Illinois’ existing ban on carrying concealed weapons, the only ban of its kind in the nation, was ruled unconstitutional by the court in December. If Illinois did not enact a law by June 9, the court ruling would go into effect and there would be no restrictions of any kind on carrying concealed weapons in the state.
Hatcher said the legislation puts in place restrictions on where a concealed weapon can be carried, requires a background check, and requires firearms safety training. It also respects the concerns raised by law-abiding citizens about not being accidently in violation of the law by carrying their weapon too close to a prohibited site and designates automobiles as ‘safe harbors’ for permit holders.
Senate Bill 2193 now goes back to the Senate for consideration. Because the bill was amended in the House, the Senate must agree to the amended version before it can go to the Governor for his signature.