Chicago gun restrictions survive House vote

SPRINGFIELD — House lawmakers today defeated a measure that would have taken away Chicago’s ability to regulate how people store guns, a prelude to an expected spring showdown over a push to allow people to carry concealed weapons.

The debate put on display the Capitol’s traditional regional fight over gun rights and gun control, with conservative suburbanites and downstate lawmakers wanting to expand rights and Chicago-area Democrats wanting to restrict access to weapons.

A new dynamic is in place this year because gun rights advocates are reinvigorated following U.S. Supreme Court decisions that struck down some gun-control laws, including Mayor Richard Daley’s ban in Chicago.

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