Daley bashes Illinois' proposed concealed carry law

April 4, 2011

(WBEZ/Tony Arnold)
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the city's West Side

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is criticizing state legislation that would allow gun owners to conceal and carry their weapons. Lawmakers in Springfield are considering a bill that would permit gun owners over the age of 21 to apply for a concealed carry permit.

Speaking out against the legislation, Daley invoked the assassination of Martin Luther King, Junior.

"We have learned nothing from that assassination. We have learned nothing that guns are killing another generation of young people. There have to be more people to stand up. Not those that have lost their loved ones, but anybody standing up on behalf of some child lost today or tomorrow or last week."

A state House committee has approved the concealed carry bill. But it still needs approval from the entire legislature and the governor.