'Moral character' Gone From Ill. Senate Gun Carry
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Legislation in the Illinois Senate allowing people to carry concealed weapons no longer would require applicants to show they have "good moral character."

Sen. Kwame Raoul says the concession to gun-rights supporters who called the provision vague still isn't enough for approval. The Chicago Democrat called off a floor vote on the matter Friday before the Senate adjourned, postponing it until Monday.

A federal appeals court has ordered Illinois to dump its prohibition on concealed carry by June 9. It's the only one in the nation. The court ruled in December the ban is unconstitutional.

Raoul's plan initially required police issuing permits to determine applicants have "good moral character" and a "proper reason" to carry.

The "proper reason" requirement remains.
05 17 13 by Newsroom
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