February 21, 2013

NRA backs guns on Chicago buses, trains

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The National Rifle Association is backing the idea of riders carrying weapons on Chicago area trains and buses, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The issue was raised at a House hearing in Springfield, the first legislative step following a federal appeals court ruling, tossing out the state's ban on concealed guns in public. Illinois is currently the only state without concealed carry, though a handful of states do restrict guns on trains and buses.

The Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace are urging the General Assembly to prohibit firearms on mass transit if a "concealed carry" bill is brought up for a vote this year. For the full story, click here.

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  • Bob[ February 21th, 2013 @ 11:51am ]

    some years ago when I was driving a drunk whipped a gun out on my fully loaded but not crowded bus and fired a couple shots thru the roof before passing out. but the riot on the bus of passengers (and a driver) trying to get off in a hurry was scary as can be. after the police call, dispatch, and the commotion was over, no one was hurt in the panic, I got bus to curb, everyone off and followed in quick order. but when I got back to base I still had to write a shop card for bullet holes in roof of coach.... a day I wish never to repeat. guns on transit, not on my watch Bob

  • Carl Lawrence[ February 21th, 2013 @ 1:04pm ]

    I think guns on transit are fine, as soon as guns are allowed in court and the state legislature. Banning guns from the legislature while allowing them in other citizens' workplace is absolute hypocrisy.

  • robert[ February 22th, 2013 @ 8:13am ]

    Bob perhaps if that gun had been pointed at you and the drunk stopped by a legally armed citizen you would feel different. The constitution gives citizens the right to carry arms, if you do not agree with that then start a move to amend the constitution. Do not arbitrarily steal my rights.

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