Sen. Kwame Raoul's bill includes an endorsement from the Chicago Police Department for anyone wanting to carry a gun inside the city.
Riders board a bus at the intersection of State and Lake Streets in downtown Chicago. One of the issues being debated in Springfield is whether or not concealed weapons should be allowed on public transportation.
Mark Walsh of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence supports a more restrictive version of conceal carry legislation.
Handgun related murders in Chicago are down from their peak in the most recently available data.
Information compiled from the Chicago Police Department website.
Lindsay Nichols of the Law Center to Prevent Handgun Violence explains gun legislation that has been supported in other states.
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Chicago gun violence statistics
-In 2012 Chicago Police Department reported 2,460 shooting incidents, a 10 percent increase from 2011.
-In 2010 81 percent of Chicago murders involved a firearm.
-The percentage of gun-related aggravated assaults dropped 7.1 percent from 2009 to 2010.
-In 2010 the Chicago Police Department recovered 11, 242 guns, a 13.9 percent increase from 2009, through search and seizures and voluntary turn-in events.
Information gathered from the Chicago Police Department website.