Published on July 16th, 2013 | by JD0
What concealed carry means for the suburbs
Source The Daily Herald
With the ability to carry concealed handguns soon to be a reality in Illinois, the suburbs have 10 days to decide if they want to put their own stamp on the law — by banning assault weapons within their borders.
The other option: Let the 10-day period lapse and go with what lawmakers might decide down the road.
Lawmakers’ final approval Tuesday of a law allowing people to carry concealed handguns in public includes a 10-day window for suburbs who want to restrict so-called assault weapons. The law says towns with more than 25,000 people can enact local rules similar to Cook County’s assault weapons ban. After 10 days, however, any such laws have to come from the state.
The bans have been a hot topic at suburban village boards in the last few weeks as local officials have anticipated lawmakers’ move. So far, most suburbs have taken a pass.
Last week, Bartlett decided not to move forward with a ban. Before that, Wheeling rejected one, Island Lake and Hainesville declined to vote for one, and Buffalo Grove and Hanover Park delayed their debates.
“If we avoid sending this to even a board vote and don’t recognize the 10-day window … we’re avoiding any ban here, we’re avoiding any legal consequences, we’re upholding the Constitution,” Bartlett Village President Kevin Wallace said at a meeting last week.
The provision was one of a myriad in the complex new gun law that focuses mostly on allowing for concealed carry.
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