State Journal-Register reports that they’re close…
Something tells me it’s going to be a shameful compromise, knowing that Kwame Raoul seems to think he’s in the driver’s seat… and he may be.
A concealed-carry compromise between the Illinois House and Senate is closing in with just days left in the scheduled spring session and a court-ordered June 9 deadline to craft legislation looming over lawmakers’ heads.
Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, sponsor of the Senate’s gun bill, said Wednesday that talks between both houses are advancing in an attempt to reach some middle ground
“We’re very close,” Raoul said, adding that this is the closest both sides have ever been on controversial gun issues.
But both chambers’ key lawmakers are still miles apart on how to approach a pre-emption provision pro-gun advocates are pushing that would wipe out all local gun ordinances — even those unrelated to concealed carry.
A Democratic-controlled Senate panel on Tuesday rejected the House’s gun bill that erases such laws, and then approved its own alternate, but similar, version that keeps local gun ordinances, like Chicago’s assault-weapons ban, intact.