WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Timothy V. Johnson is offering an amendment today to the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, which would extend to Illinois citizens the fundamental right to carry a concealed weapon under property permitting limitations.I was just about to email him urging his expected support for HR822. Now I just need to change it to thanking him.
The amendment would supersede the Illinois Legislature’s refusal to allow this right, which is enjoyed by citizens in all other states of the union.
“This legislation gives me the opportunity to correct a longstanding flaw in Illinois law,” Rep. Johnson said. “The right to bear arms is an individual American right expressed in the Constitution, not a right to be abridged at the whim of the state. Illinois is the only state in the Union that does not have a provision to allow citizens a conceal-carry permit. Finally, this amendment would correct that injustice.”