Illinois Lawmakers Reject Firearm Liability Insurance Bill

March 21, 2013

The Illinois House has rejected a measure that would require $1 million in liability insurance for people carrying concealed weapons.

Lawmakers voted 34-74 against Rep. Kenneth Dunkin’s plan. It was among seven amendments on gun issues that legislators debated Tuesday as they consider a court-ordered law allowing conceal-and-carry.

Chicago Democrat Dunkin says an insurance policy would cost $500 to $2,000.

Republicans complained that’s too expensive for citizens exercising a constitutional right. And they argued insurance companies don’t write the policies anyway.

In December, a federal court struck down Illinois’ concealed-carry ban and gave lawmakers until June 8 to adopt a law.

The House has begun weekly floor sessions allowing lawmakers to propose gun measures.

The bill is House Bill 1155.

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