U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson joined with 10 other members of the Illinois delegation in appealing to Gov. Quinn and Illinois' legislative leaders to pass a conceal-carry bill in Illinois.
Illinois is now the only state in the nation without that basic privilege.
"This is a fundamental right," said Rep. Johnson, a long-time Second Amendment supporter and FOID card holder. "Illinois continues to stand out in this nation for all the wrong reasons. It would seem that basic common sense would allow citizens the ability to obtain these permits.
"Background checks and minimal training requirements would easily weed out people with ill intent. The will of the people I represent is overwhelmingly in favor of conceal-carry. It's time for the General Assembly to finally take action to correct this wrong and bring Illinois in line with the rest of the country."