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updated: 5/28/2013 3:39 PM

Illinois Senate panel advances stricter gun-carry bill

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SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Senate Executive Committee is approving a Democratic plan to allow the public possession of firearms.

Majority Democrats on the committee drove the 10-6 vote in favor of the bill by Sen. Kwame Raoul. Raoul said he doesn't know how many votes he has on the floor or when he'll call it.

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The legislation doesn't include a provision that overrides all local ordinances on firearms -- such as Chicago's assault-weapons ban.

That's the hallmark of a proposal the House passed overwhelmingly just last week. The Senate panel defeated that plan.

Sen. Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, says such a pre-emption is "a bridge too far."

Raoul's measure also prohibits carrying guns wherever alcohol is served for consumption.

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