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Illinois the final holdout on concealed carry

CARTERVILLE, IL (KFVS) - The Land of Lincoln is the only state in the nation where a person can not legally carry a concealed weapon.

But, that may soon change if a couple of Illinois' legislators can get a proposal before the General Assembly for a vote before the current session ends.

Representative Brandon Phelps (D) 118th District and Representative Mike Bost (R) 115th District are currently seeking signatures on a petition for House Bill 148.

"I'm asking the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate every day to try to get this called. I think law abiding gun owners deserve to see who their friends are in the General Assembly in Illinois," said Representative Phelps.

And the Illinois Legislator says he's been working alongside Representative La Shawn Ford (D) 8th District, on a Firearm Public Awareness Task Force.

Their report to the legislator is expected in the next couple of days.

"We've had a lot of good discussions and experts from all across the country come and talk to us about concealed carry results in their area," said Phelps.

"Every state that has concealed carry crime has gone down. And we want to make sure people understand that. What they're doing in Chicago is not working," said Representative Phelps. "Crime is at an all time high. And I keep telling them, if you have concealed carry as a deterrent a lot of those criminals may think twice before they commit that crime."

But, Phelps says he's going to do everything he can to get the legislator to vote on the issue before the end of the current legislative session, which ends at the end of May.

"I think there should be a good floor debate, there should be a vote. So we're trying to push this as much as we can. We are running out of time. There are rumors that we're going to be in overtime right now because there's so many different issues we have with the budget," said Phelps.

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