Gun bill passes U.S. House, Illinois reacts
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
It will also allow people to use permits in other states without having to complete any additional training.
As a result of passing through the House, it will now move on to the U.S. Senate for another vote.
It is a bill that is causing controversy.
Its opponents said it will endanger more lives.
"Guns don't kill people. People kill people," Supporter of the proposed gun bill Doug Schmidgall said.
However, its supporters have said it will actually help protect more people.
"Concealed carry reciprocity is extremely dangerous," Elly Hanauer, an opponent of the gun bill said.
Multiple opinions are flying over a bill that is now on its way to the Senate.
Some express concern for families and others.
"It actually puts all of families at greater risk," Hanauer said.
As others see the bill as a tool of convenience.
"It would be nice just to have one permit, take one class and be done," Schmidgall said.
Supporters also see it as something that will not change what is already in place.
"Every state has a conceal and carry permit right now, Illinois was the last one to get it, this is not going to change anything, the laws are not going to change other than it's now easy and legal for me to go to another state and protect myself," Schmidgall said.
While opponents are nervous about allowing people from other states with looser policies have a concealed carry.
"People would be able to carry concealed carry legally in Illinois who have not gone through any of that training or background check," Hanauer said.
The NRA backs the bill and several Illinois representatives are co-sponsors. They include; Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16), Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL-15), Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL-12), Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) and Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL-18).