Although Illinois’ concealed carry bill was defeated in the House in May, a West Side democratic state legislator has suggested after a heated town hall meeting that he may support a measure allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons if it crossed his desk again.
The defeat of Illinois’ concealed carry bill in May, making it the only state in the country without one, was led by Chicago lawmakers, and both former mayor Richard M. Daley and current mayor Rahm Emanuel have taken firm positions on gun control. But Rep. La Shawn Ford, a third-term Democrat, said this week it may be worth breaking from his fellow Chicago lawmakers to better serve his largely black constituency.
“Black people want guns, and I know that sounds bad,” Ford told the Chicago Sun-Times.
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