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Local lawmakers and gun owners react to latest concealed carry developments


The clock is ticking for Illinois lawmakers to pass concealed carry before the July 9th deadline.

Many gun owners in Illinois say, they're frustrated and ready for concealed carry to become the law of the land, the way it is in every other state in the union.

And some local lawmakers say - so are they.

State Representative Norine Hammond spent the day watching horse races and talking to constituents at the Schuyler County Fair, and she fielded many questions and concerns from gun owners.
"They are expressing their disappointment that the governor did what he did," she says.

She's also disappointed, but not surprised at Governor Quinn's actions.

"The governor comes in - typically - at the last minute. No leadership on the issue, he was completely missing when all of this was being negotiated in Springfield," she said. 

Hammond is concerned about the "home rule" provision - basically allowing communities to set their own gun control laws.  She also doesn't want gun licenses to be public record.

 Local gun owner David Schwalb says it's past time to get this law on the books.
 "It's our right. Why should we be denied something that our founding fathers started. It's what our country is built on. Guns.  "

Schuyler County State's Attorney Ramon Escapa says his office has fielded a lot of calls lately from residents - seeking more information about what *is* and *isn't* legal right now. He says right now they're in limbo.

"In an essence we've been dealing with no law, we have a law that is unconstitutional and we have a law that hasn't been passed. So there's all this gray area," he says. 

But he says one thing is certain. Some form of concealed carry will be legal after July 9th, and he says, once it happens, citizens need to know the ins and outs of the new law.

"You better know this because ignorance to the law is never an excuse, never has been and never will be. You better know where you can carry and when you can't carry and you better adhere to it." 



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