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A Southern Illinois lawmaker Tuesday filed a bill to legalize concealed carry in the state.

The Family and Personal Protection Act sponsored by state Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, would allow licensed residents to carry with certain restrictions loaded or unloaded handguns on their person or in vehicles. Five-year licenses would cost $25 and be issued by the Illinois State Police.

Phelps unsuccessfully pushed for concealed carry in recent years, but a federal appeals court ruling in 2012 struck down as unconstitutional the state’s ban on personal carry handguns. Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked for a rehearing on that ruling.

“Since taking office, I have constantly stood up for Illinois citizens’ right to bear arms and this year will be no different,” Phelps said in a statement. “Currently, Illinois is the only state that does not have any form of concealed carry permits.

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