Illinois lawmakers who last month beat a court-imposed deadline to allow concealed weapons in public left out something a suburban legislator now wants to change: A ban on firearms in places of worship.
Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski (photo right), a former gun-control lobbyist from Park Ridge, is drawing criticism from some ministers after introducing an amendment in mid-July to add churches, synagogues and mosques to the list of places forbidden for concealed carry.
Kotowski said he consulted with Chicago-area religious leaders before formally proposing the amendment in a state where a pastor inexplicably was gunned down during a Sunday service four years ago. But clergy leaders downstate say prohibiting pistols near pulpits could be an unrighteous affront to constitutional and property rights, and a National Rifle Association lobbyist says he plans to challenge it. ...More from the Daily Herald HERE