“I’ve been on trains before where there might be a character who’s a little agitated,” Mell said. “Just the thought that people might be pulling out guns and there being a big shootout, I just think that’s too risky.”
Gun-rights advocates argued that L riders and those aboard CTA and Pace buses and Metra or Amtrak trains should have the ability to protect themselves against armed criminals under a constitutionally protected right to bear arms.
“We’re going after the good guys, not the bad guys, representative, and that’s what is so disheartening about his legislation,” said Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Pecatonica), who voted against her plan.
Mell’s amendment was one of more than a dozen amendments that were considered Tuesday in the House in response to a December federal court decision that threw out Illinois’ prohibition against allowing gun owners to carry their weapons in public.