Thursday night update:
A compromise supposedly has been reached, according to Kwame Raoul in an AP news story.
(AP) – Raoul told The Associated Press that lawmakers are “still tightening up details” but the package has reached common ground on key issues. Those compromises include preserving local gun ordinances and prohibiting weapons from being carried in places including schools and public parks, and tightening penalties.
Sources are telling us tonight that it’s a mixed bag.
The big one is the sweeping pre-emption on gun laws has been thrown out. Frankly, it was really the only carrot in the bill as we saw it.
The language isn’t available, and best guess is that both sides are going to be up late tonight negotiating the final details.
We’ll withhold castigation until we’ve seen the language.
The good news is that the mag ban bill is dead for procedural reasons.
That’s the latest tonight.
As of early this morning:
Extra: Illinois Conceal Carry Deal Struck
Springfield (Illinois Observer) – Extra: Illinois lawmakers have struck a conceal carry deal.
A top source tells The Illinois Observer that lawmakers have an agreement that will preempt home rule only on firearms transportation and future conceal carry laws.
The legislators, State Senators Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), State Reps. Mike Bost (R- Murphysboro), Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein), Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) and Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst) meeting House Speaker Michael Madigan’s conference room on Thursday afternoon, have also agreed that all existing assault weapons bans will remain in place.
However, the lawmakers, who excluded the governor’s Illinois State Police representatives from the negotiations, have agreed that any new assault weapon bans must be adopted by home rule communities within 10 days of the law taking effect. In reality, the new conceal carry law will ban any further [local] assault weapons bans.
Additionally, the bill will abolish Chicago’s gun registry.
The source says the legislation, which is now being drafted, should hit the Illinois Senate floor on Thursday night.
It’s not up as of 0530 this morning, at least on HB183.