The House of Representatives' Agriculture and Conservation Committee approved the measure 12 to one. It would apply to people 21 or older who underwent training and passed a background check. Gov. Pat Quinn says he'll veto the bill.
"Concealed loaded handguns in the possession of private citizens in public places will not enhance public safety. It will not reduce violence. Indeed, it will increase violence in our state," Quinn said.
State Rep. Brandon Phelps sponsored the conceal and carry legislation. He told ABC7 that it allows the people of Illinois to defend themselves against criminals who already have guns.