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Illinois enacts nation’s final concealed-gun law

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns as lawmakers rushed Tuesday to finalize a proposal ahead of a federal court’s deadline.

Both houses of the General Assembly voted to override changes Governor Pat Quinn made to the bill they approved more than a month ago. Some lawmakers feared that failure to pass something would mean virtually unregulated weapons in Chicago, which has endured severe gun violence — including more than 70 shootings, at least 12 of them fatal, during the Independence Day weekend.

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Quinn has vowed to push for changes to the law.

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