WBEZ | concealed carry http://www.wbez.org/tags/concealed-carry Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago aldermen agree to water down tough gun law http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-aldermen-agree-water-down-tough-gun-law-108636 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS3683_Chicago City Hall_Flickr_Mason.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago City Council committee Monday passed changes to the city&rsquo;s handgun laws to make way for concealed carry in Illinois.</p><p>There wasn&rsquo;t much debating the pages of changes to the long-standing, strict gun laws -- just a bit of grumbling from some members of the Public Safety Committee over giving up some legislative powers to Springfield.</p><p>State lawmakers passed a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-lawmakers-override-quinn-enact-concealed-carry-law-107994">concealed carry law this summer</a>, making Illinois the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn attempted an amendatory veto of the bill, adding provisions that kept guns out of businesses that serve alcohol, and that required places that allowed guns to post signs saying so, among others. Both chambers voted in July to override his changes.</p><p>If the revised gun laws pass the full city council, licensed owners won&rsquo;t have to register their guns with the city anymore, and they won&rsquo;t be required to obtain city permits. Aldermen also signed off on additional penalties for anyone who violates gun laws within 100 feet of any Chicago Transit Authority bus stop or train station.</p><p>National Rifle Association lobbyist Todd Vandermyde said he&rsquo;s pleased with the changes, for the most part.</p><p>&ldquo;What they did was - Mayor Daley&rsquo;s pinnacle handgun ordinance after the loss of the McDonald decision is now for all intents and purposes gutted,&rdquo; Vandermyde said. &ldquo;And I think that&rsquo;s a great day for gun owners in the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.</p><p>In 2010, Mayor Richard M Daley pushed strict gun restrictions through the City Council, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the city&rsquo;s ban on handgun ownership through <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/mcdonald-v-city-of-chicago/">McDonald v City of Chicago.</a></p><p>Vandermyde said he has a few hangups with the law. For example, the revised city ordinance would still require households with minors to lock up their guns, with a trigger lock or otherwise. Vandermyde said decisions on appropriate gun-safety measures should be left up to family members.</p><p>The city council has picked up a number of concealed carry-related issues since returning from their summer break. The Finance Committee Friday passed a measure sponsored by Ald. Ed Burke (14) that would ban guns in businesses that serve alcohol. The NRA says the measure could bring on some legal challenges. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has thrown his support behind the proposal, and his office says they&rsquo;d support aldermen with any &ldquo;legal or implementation issues&rdquo; that arise.</p><p>The City Council is expected to vote on both measures Wednesday.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is a WBEZ producer/reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-aldermen-agree-water-down-tough-gun-law-108636 Morning Shift: Breastfeeding, politics and Marina City http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-17/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-city <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Breast Feeding - Flickr - DMurray82.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Social media and the issue of sharing breastfeeding photos has brought the debate about whether or not breastfeeding should be public on the web. What do you think? And Curious City explores Marina City and Bertrand Goldberg&#39;s life.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-ci.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-ci" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Breastfeeding, politics and Marina City" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-17/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-city Morning Shift: Photos, vets and violence http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-10/morning-shift-photos-vets-and-violence-108009 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Guns-Flickr- tdub303.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hiring Our Heroes works to get Vets back into the job force. Senior Director Ross Cohen explains challenges vets face with employment. Also, photographer Richard Renaldi&#39;s new project &quot;Touching Strangers&quot; explores our connection to each other.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-23.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-23" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Photos, vets and violence" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-10/morning-shift-photos-vets-and-violence-108009 Illinois lawmakers override Quinn, enact concealed carry law http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-lawmakers-override-quinn-enact-concealed-carry-law-107994 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP301765859799_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns as lawmakers rushed Tuesday to finalize a proposal ahead of a federal court&#39;s deadline.</p><p>Both chambers of the Legislature voted to override changes Gov. Pat Quinn made to the bill they approved more than a month ago. Even some critics of the law argued it was better to approve something rather than risk the courts allowing virtually unregulated concealed weapons in Chicago, which has endured severe gun violence in recent months.</p><p>The Senate voted 41-17 in favor of the override Tuesday afternoon after the House voted 77-31, margins that met the three-fifths threshold needed to set aside the amendatory veto. Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time.</p><p>Quinn had predicted a &quot;showdown in Springfield&quot; after a week of Chicago appearances to drum up support for the changes he made in the amendatory veto. The Chicago Democrat faces a tough re-election fight next year and has already drawn a primary challenge from former White House chief of state Bill Daley, who has criticized the governor&#39;s handling of the debate over guns and other issues.</p><p>Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Democrat from southern Illinois, predicted a history-making day in which lawmakers would dismiss Quinn&#39;s changes as politically motivated.</p><p>&quot;He&#39;s trying to cater to, pander to Cook County,&quot; Phelps said, referring to the nation&#39;s second most-populous county, which encompasses Chicago. &quot;And I don&#39;t blame him ... because that&#39;s where his votes are.&quot;</p><p>The law as approved by the Legislature permits anyone with a Firearm Owner&#39;s Identification card who has passed a background check and undergone gun-safety training of 16 hours &mdash; longest of any state &mdash; to obtain a concealed-carry permit for $150.</p><p>The Illinois State Police would have six months to set up a system to start accepting applications. Spokeswoman Monique Bond said police expect 300,000 applications in the first year.</p><p>The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December that it&#39;s unconstitutional for Illinois to ban concealed carry. The court gave state officials until June 9 to rectify the shortfall, and later extended that by a month.</p><p>Opinions varied about what would have happened had a law not taken effect. Gun supporters said it would have meant with no law governing gun possession, any type of firearm could be carried anywhere, at any time. Those supporting stricter gun control said local communities would have been able to set up tough restrictions.</p><p>With the negotiated law, gun-rights advocates got the permissive law they wanted, instead of a New York-style plan that gives law enforcement authorities wide discretion over who gets permits. In exchange, Chicago Democrats repulsed by gun violence got a long list of places deemed off limits to guns, including schools, libraries, parks and mass transit buses and trains.</p><p>But one part of the compromise had to do with establishments that serve alcohol. The law will allow diners to carry weapons into restaurants and other establishments where liquor comprises no more than 50 percent of gross sales. One of the main provisions of Quinn&#39;s amendatory veto was to nix guns in businesses that serve any alcohol.</p><p>He also wants to limit citizens to carrying one gun at a time, a gun that is completely concealed, not &quot;mostly concealed&quot; as the initiative decrees. He prefers banning guns from private property unless an owner puts up a sign allowing guns &mdash; the reverse of what&#39;s in the proposal &mdash; and would give employers more power to prohibit guns at work.</p><p>Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, gave a nod to Quinn&#39;s wishes by putting before his caucus new legislation that incorporated the changes Quinn prefers. But Democrats had not said by early Tuesday whether they would vote on the bill. Phelps said he didn&#39;t know whether the House would consider it, although House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, kept the chamber in session in case a new bill arrived from the Senate.</p><p>Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont said it&#39;s clear the issue would be addressed again in the future but the Senate should focus Tuesday on meeting the court deadline.</p><p>&quot;For today, we should stick with the agreement that was in place,&quot; Radogno said. &quot;It&#39;s important to follow through.&quot;</p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 09:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-lawmakers-override-quinn-enact-concealed-carry-law-107994 Quinn ready for Springfield 'showdown' on gun bill http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-ready-springfield-showdown-gun-bill-107976 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP301765859799.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn says he&#39;s ready for a &quot;showdown&quot; in Springfield over concealed carry legislation.</p><p>The Chicago Democrat has spent days making appearances talking up his sweeping changes to a bill that&#39;d make Illinois the last state to allow concealed weapons.</p><p>But lawmakers are expected to override Quinn&#39;s changes when they meet Tuesday in Springfield. The bill&#39;s sponsor, among others, says the original measure came out of months of negotiations.</p><p>Quinn wouldn&#39;t say if he has the votes, but says he&#39;s working on it. He says the bill was influenced heavily by the National Rifle Association.</p><p>He spoke to reporters Monday in Chicago after signing legislation dealing with gang crimes.</p><p>Illinois has until Tuesday to legalize concealed carry after a federal appeals court ruled the state&#39;s ban unconstitutional.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-ready-springfield-showdown-gun-bill-107976 Quinn makes changes to Illinois concealed carry legislation http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-makes-changes-illinois-concealed-carry-legislation-107929 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP806697463506.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After months of hardline negotiations among lawmakers, Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed a bill allowing residents to carry concealed weapons, but only after making several significant changes&nbsp; that he says will make Illinois residents safer.</p><p>Illinois was the only state in the country to outright ban concealed carry until a federal court in Chicago mandated the lawmakers to allow the practice.</p><p>&ldquo;I felt that ruling was wrong then, I still feel it&rsquo;s wrong,&rdquo; Quinn said at Tuesday&rsquo;s press conference. &ldquo;It has not been appealed. We therefore have to take action to protect the public safety of the people of Illinois.&rdquo;</p><p>The Chicago Democrat used his amendatory veto powers to impose further restrictions on where and how people would be allowed to carry concealed guns in Illinois.</p><p>The governor banned the carrying of concealed weapons at any establishment that sells alcohol, and also gave employers the power to ban concealed carry in their workplaces.</p><p>Quinn also crossed out a provision in the bill that would have prevented local governments from writing their own regulations on assault weapons.</p><p>Other changes he made include restricting concealed carry permit holders to carrying only one gun and one ammunition clip with them at a time, and a requirement that the firearm be completely concealed.</p><p>Quinn also slammed state lawmakers for passing the legislation &ldquo;in a hurried way,&rdquo; suggesting that they did so under pressure from National Rifle Association lobbyists.</p><p>&ldquo;Today he kicked off his re-election campaign,&rdquo; said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for the NRA in Springfield.</p><p>Vandermyde accused Quinn of using his amendatory veto to score political points with residents of Chicago and the north suburbs, where gun regulations are embraced by local governments. Vandermyde said he does not think Quinn&rsquo;s changes will get the needed support from the legislature.</p><p>&ldquo;I think that what he just did is tell downstate, &lsquo;You&rsquo;re irrelevant.&rsquo; I think he just told the collar counties, &lsquo;You&rsquo;re irrelevant.&rsquo; He&rsquo;s gonna play to a very narrow liberal, North Shore constituency,&rdquo; Vandermyde said.</p><p>A spokeswoman for Gov. Quinn said lawmakers are expected to take up his changes to the legislation next week.</p><p>Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed gun regulations Tuesday at a separate news conference. Last week, Emanuel proposed a measure that would ban the sale, import, transfer and possession of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines within city limits.</p><p>&ldquo;We are gonna do what we can in the city council with the assault weapon ban,&rdquo; Emanuel said. &ldquo;But we also need Springfield to step up.&rdquo;</p><p>Emanuel has been pushing for the state to impose mandatory minimum 3-year sentences for gun-related crimes.</p></p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-makes-changes-illinois-concealed-carry-legislation-107929 Illinois legislature passes concealed carry bill, awaits Quinn's signature http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-legislature-passes-concealed-carry-bill-awaits-quinns-signature-107417 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS4474_Springfield-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>Illinois is one step closer to allowing its residents to carry concealed weapons, even though several state lawmakers who voted in favor of the proposal actually oppose the idea of concealed carry.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The State Senate approved a new concealed carry plan Friday by a vote of 45-12. The House approved it 89-28. It still needs the governor&#39;s approval.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A December ruling from a federal court in Chicago ruled that Illinois&rsquo; ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional. It is the only state in the country to not allow its residents to carry a concealed gun.</div><p>The court ruling prompted months of debate over where guns should or should not be allowed, pitting representatives from Chicago against those from rural parts of the state. A bill approved by the senate on Friday would ban concealed guns in schools, large arenas and buses and trains.</p><p>It also would allow certain cities and counties around Illinois to keep their own gun regulations. Chicago, for instance, bans so-called assault weapons and shops that sell guns to civilians. A rival concealed carry bill had sought to wipe individual cities&rsquo; gun laws off the books, in favor of statewide regulations on guns. It passed the House of Representatives last week, but failed in a Senate committee earlier this week.</p><p>&ldquo;Understand what you&rsquo;re doing if you vote against this bill. Be very clear what you&rsquo;re doing. You&rsquo;re endorsing the risk of guns in schools being legal in non-home rule communities,&rdquo; said Republican State Sen. Matt Murphy. Several lawmakers thought that if no gun regulation was approved by a court-mandated June 9th deadline, then anybody could carry any gun anywhere.</p><p>&ldquo;I am not happy with the end result,&rdquo; said State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, who helped negotiate the bill. &ldquo;But my journey and my assignment was not to achieve my own personal happiness. My assignment was to negotiate a bill.&rdquo;</p><p>Those involved in negotiations had worried about various gun regulations around the state, pitting one city&rsquo;s gun regulations against the next. The bill approved by senators allows residents to transport their guns through the state, so long as it&rsquo;s packed appropriately.</p><p>The debate over concealed carry has pitted the National Rifle Association against the City of Chicago. Both are neutral on the bill.</p><p>Meantime, some Illinois lawmakers have also tried to ban ammunition magazines from holding more than 10 rounds across the entire state. Parents of children killed in December&rsquo;s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., recently went to Springfield to testify in favor of the legislation. The measure failed in the Senate on Friday.</p><p><em>Tony Arnold covers Illinois politics for WBEZ. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/tonyjarnold" target="_blank">@tonyjarnold</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-legislature-passes-concealed-carry-bill-awaits-quinns-signature-107417 Illinois Senate panel advances stricter gun-carry bill http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-senate-panel-advances-stricter-gun-carry-bill-107400 <p><p>An Illinois Senate committee has approved a Democratic plan to allow the public possession of firearms.</p><p>A majority of Democrats on the committee drove the 10-6 vote in favor of the bill by Sen. Kwame Raoul. Raoul said he doesn&#39;t know how many votes he has on the Senate floor or when he&#39;ll call it, but lawmakers are scheduled to end their legislative session Friday.</p><p>Raoul&rsquo;s concealed carry legislation doesn&#39;t include a provision that overrides all local ordinances on firearms, such as Chicago&#39;s assault weapons ban.</p><p>Instead, that idea is the hallmark of a proposal the House passed overwhelmingly last week. The Senate panel defeated that plan on Tuesday.</p><p>State Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, said that preemption is &quot;a bridge too far.&quot;</p><p>Raoul&#39;s measure also prohibits carrying guns wherever alcohol is served for consumption.</p><p>Meantime, the National Rifle Association opposes Raoul&rsquo;s plan that was advanced by the Senate committee Tuesday. But the organization has taken a neutral stance on the bill passed by the House of Representatives last week that would preempt local gun ordinances.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re not for it. We&rsquo;re not against it. But given some of the other things that are out there, there&rsquo;s enough bread on this sandwich to make it choke down,&rdquo; Vandermyde said Tuesday.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not clear which of the two rival plans will pass both the House and the Senate. Gov. Pat Quinn has said the plan passed by the House that preempts cities gun ordinances is an &ldquo;overreach.&rdquo;</p></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 15:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-senate-panel-advances-stricter-gun-carry-bill-107400 Morning Shift: Are you penalized for BWB (buying while Black)? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-05-13/morning-shift-are-you-penalized-bwb-buying-while <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Mosaic_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We&#39;ll dive into a survey that says African American homeowners pay more than their white or Asian counterparts for similar homes in similar neighborhoods. Plus uncovering the ultimate Chicago book, and more.<script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-morning-shift-are-you-penalized-for-bwb-buying.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-morning-shift-are-you-penalized-for-bwb-buying" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Are you penalized for BWB (buying while Black)?" on Storify</a>]<h1>Morning Shift: Are you penalized for BWB (buying while Black)?</h1><h2>We'll dive into a survey that says African American homeowners pay more than their white or Asian counterparts for similar homes in similar neighborhoods. 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His ordinance would give him the authority to approve and reject licenses to carry concealed firearms in the county and applicants would have to pay $300 fee for a license.</p></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 14:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cook-county-sheriff-proposes-concealed-carry-ordinance-107034