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Conceal and carry vote on next week's ballot

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's now less than a week until the November election and while many are focused on the big Presidential election, there's a number of important local issues to be decided as well.

One of the hot button topics for Tri-State communities continues to be the issue of concealed carry.

The concealed carry issue will be on the ballot November 6th for voters in Adams, McDonough and Schuyler counties.

Pike county voters have already voiced their opinion on the matter.

A similar advisory referendum on concealed carry was passed in Pike County back in March on the primary ballot.

Come next week, no matter which way voters go, the vote will not change any laws in Illinois or the surrounding counties but it does show where residents stand on the issue.

And with county after county continuing to support concealed carry, it is putting pressure on lawmakers.

"There's a very good chance that the Illinois State House is going to take up the concealed weapons law in the next session because many of the representatives and senators that are running for the state house this year support a concealed weapons law," said Dr. Justin Coffey, Political Science Professor at Quincy University.

On the ballot the issue will read,"Should the state legislature enact legislation to allow trained and licensed law abiding citizens to carry firearms for lawful uses?"

Illinois is the only state in the country without a concealed carry law and several lawmakers believe this could be the year where it finally gets approval. Dr. Coffey said he thinks Illinois doesn't have such a law because of the gun violence in Chicago, and Chicago typically has a pretty big influence on statewide politics.

 

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