By Richard Wronski
3:58 PM CST, February 20, 2013
The CTA, Metra and Pace, along with dozens of transit agencies across the state, are asking the General Assembly to prohibit individuals from being allowed to bring firearms on mass transit if a so-called “concealed carry” bill is brought up for a vote this year.
While acknowledging citizens' Second Amendment rights and the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling, the transit agencies said they have “significant concerns that allowing individuals to carry firearms on buses, trains and paratransit vehicles will create an unsafe environment for the two million passengers that use mass transit every day,” the officials said in a letter to House Speaker Michael Madigan.
“No matter which side of the gun control debate you stand, there is no question that a gun fired within a 45x10-foot area, like a crowded bus, would be catastrophic …,” said the letter, made public today.
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