CHICAGO (CBS)– A coalition of elected officials, clergy and community groups hopes to head off any attempt to pass concealed carry gun legislation in the Illinois legislature’s Fall Veto session.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.
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Organizer of the Stop Concealed Carry Coalition Lee Goodman said the battle lines are drawn.
“Illinois stands alone, is the only state that does not allow people to carry concealed weapons. We are proud to stand as an example for the rest of the nation,” he said.
But Father Michael Pfleger pastor of St. Sabina’s Catholic Church is among those who fear some Illinois law makers will attempt to pass new legislation. And he said the others shouldn’t listen.
“Those who have tried to make guns part of America’s wardrobe and folks like the NRA and others, who work very hard to try to impose fear among so many people to think a gun is the only way to protect you.”
Some dispute the numbers but coalition members believe people are just not safer when there are more guns on the street.