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A measure letting Illinois residents carry concealed guns in public fell short Thursday in the Illinois House after weeks of rising optimism among supporters.

It would have allowed people to carry guns if they were properly registered and had completed eight hours of training, including target practice. Applicants would have needed to pass a background check and a review of their mental health history.

The vote was 65-32, giving the measure a solid majority. But it needed 71 votes to pass, a standard requirement for legislation that restricts local communities’ regulatory power.

Conservative Democrats have watched as the Legislature approved several liberal measures, including legalizing civil unions and abolishing the death penalty. They had hoped legislative leaders would help legalize concealed carry as a way of shoring up Democrats outside the Chicago area.

Source: Zachary Colman for The Associated Press via Courier-Times.

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