In a setback to gun control advocates, the Illinois House has overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would have given local law enforcement the ability to reject permits to carry concealed weapons.
The proposed amendment drew an angry-reaction from pro-gun lawmakers. Republican Representative Mike Bost accused Democrats of "playing games" that could derail passage of a concealed carry law.
The failed amendment would have created what's known as the "may issue" standard, giving police latitude to reject permits for people who otherwise meet the basic requirements. Pro-gun groups want a "shall issue" standard, where permits would be automatically granted to anyone who meets basic requirements.