Democratic leaders in Chicago admit that they cannot ignore a federal court’s ruling that Illinois must allow some people to legally carry a weapon in the state. But that doesn’t mean they support concealed carry.
Chicago aldermen, Chicago police officers, and even the head of Cook County government all told state lawmakers Friday morning that while the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that concealed carry should be legalized, Illinois lawmakers can craft a very tough law.
“Elementary, secondary and higher education buildings should be a gun-free zone,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (photo right) told lawmakers. “Government owned and operated buildings should be gun-free zones. … One should not be able to possess a weapon in a hospital or a nursing home. Houses of worship should be gun-free zones.”
Preckwinkle also wants local governments, notably Cook County and the city of Chicago, to be able to opt out of any statewide concealed-carry law. ...More HERE