As promised, U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson has introduced legislation to guarantee all citizens their constitutional right to carry concealed weapons.
The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, or H.R. 3543, would give Illinois citizens the same rights that Americans in every other state of the union enjoy.
"Overturning this prohibition in Illinois is long-overdue," Rep. Johnson said. "Law-abiding citizens deserve the right to protect themselves. Over 100 years of Supreme Court rulings and the 14th Amendment guarantee that no state can deny the rights and privileges of any citizen. The Second Amendment could not be more clear on this issue. Forty-nine other states understand this and have reasonable policies in place to ensure that only law-abiding people willing to go through authorized safety training are permitted this right. The only reason Illinois is the exception is Cook County. This is not acceptable.
"I will continue to work with the Illinois delegation, colleagues from both sides of the aisle, and leadership in Congress to see that this bill is brought to the House floor for a vote."