By Todd Wineburner
The deadline for passing a concealed carry measure is still June 9th, and Representative Josh Harms of Watseka says Chicago lawmakers want a law that will have one set of rules for the windy city, and another set for the rest of the state. Harms says he can’t support that, and he says he’ll stand by his position, even if “constitutional carry” becomes the law after the deadline. That’s a situation where anyone with an firearms owner’s I.D. card would be allowed to carry weapons. Harms says he has faith in the people of his district. "I'm very comfortable with the gun owners in my district," Harms says. "They're not going to start shooting people just because that law goes out the window."
Harms says any legislation that passes should be law for all Illinoisans in support of their 2nd amendment rights. He says some Illinoisans are slightly confused about the schedule, because the U.S. Supreme Court did grant a time extension to State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, but that extension applies only to Madigan's preparation time for her arguments before the high court. The legislative deadline was put in place by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and hasn't changed.