A new coalition wants to get any debate in Illinois about "concealed carry" out in the open - where it can be shot down.
The Stop Concealed Carry Coalition was formed by the Rev. Michael Pfleger, Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and other community leaders to fight passage of a law during the legislative veto session that would allow the carrying of concealed guns. The coalition was scheduled to hold a press conference this morning at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St.
Illinois is the only state that does not allow the carrying of concealed guns. Suffredin said coalition members worry that with so many lame duck legislators in Springfield until the new General Assembly is seated on Jan. 9, supporters of concealed carry might be able to round up enough votes.
That's because lame ducks - who don't have to face the voters again - can be unpredictable and because supporters of major issues that will come up - such as new casinos and pension reform - might be willing to trade votes to get majorities."This is the time that there is wheeling and dealing," said Suffredin, who is a member of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence. "Our purpose is to remind the General Assembly that concealed carry is not a good thing."
Nine Downstate Illinois counties backed advisory concealed-carry referendums in the Nov. 6 election.