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Assault weapons ban dropped from Senate gun control bill

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President Obama's plan to ban assault weapons appears all but dead. Democratic leaders say it won't have the votes to pass the senate, so they won't include it in a package of proposed new gun laws.

The Illinois House voted on a series of amendments to a proposal allowing the carrying of concealed firearms. A federal court has ordered that Illinois will have some form of concealed carry by this summer.

At Elmwood Park's Illinois Gun Works and shooting range, about 40 people each day apply for a state firearm owner's ID card. Just a few hours after Brian Burns said two men tried to break into his home in Harwood Heights, he applied for a FOID card so he could buy a gun.

"I am going to defend myself," Burns says. "I am going to defend the people that I love, I care for, my friends, my family."

Burns said he would now like to carry a concealed firearm, now that Illinois is the only state to prohibit virtually all its residents from doing so. That has since been ruled unconstitutional and on Tuesday, the Illinois House debated how to permit it. Representatives rejected requiring anyone carrying a gun to also carry $1 million in liability insurance, but they did amend the proposal to ban firearms in bars and retail liquor outlets.

Mark Walsh of the Illinois Council on Handgun Violence wants much stricter limits on concealed carry than legislators have yet approved.

"There's been some debate over on college campuses, in places that serve alcohol, street fairs and festivals, public transportation," Walsh says. "I think we really have to consider limiting those locations where guns are allowed."

Every patron we talked to at Illinois Gun Works Tuesday evening plans to seek a concealed carry permit.

"I don't think anyone would try to rob you or try to mess with anybody if they know you're carrying a gun," says Chicago resident Kyle Nowak. "It should scare them off a little bit."

"I would [like to get a concealed carry permit]," Eric Hermogino says. "I have a Chicago firearms permit, too. So, I can't see why I wouldn't be allowed to have one of those."

It's still not clear when the General Assembly will take final action to permit concealed carrying of firearms. Governor Quinn has proposed a state version of an assault weapons ban, but it may face as much opposition in Springfield as President Obama's proposal in Washington.

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