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29 March 2005

Moline Dispatch (Illinois)

SPRINGFIELD — An Illinois lawmaker wants to allow the state's residents to carry concealed firearms. "We definitely believe that with concealed carry permits, the crime rate will go down in Illinois," Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Norris City, the bill's chief sponsor, said. Opponents of the bill disagree. "Anytime you increase availability of firearms, you see corresponding increases in death and injury," said Thom Mannard, the executive director for the Illinois... (

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