Jakobsson provisions would allow colleges, hospitals to regulate firearms
SPRINGFIELD — Two of the 27 amendments to a statewide concealed carry bill (HB 1155) that will be considered in the Illinois House this week are sponsored by state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana.
One allows public and private colleges and universities and community colleges to prohibit, restrict and regulate firearms "on or in close proximity to their campuses, grounds and other property, including but not limited to sidewalks, commons and highways."
The other amendment bans carrying a firearm "into an hospital or mental health facility, or onto any adjacent property or parking lot area under the control of or owned by a hospital or mental health facility."
Jakobsson said Monday that she doesn't know if her amendments will prove contentious among legislators who are promoting concealed carry in Illinois.
"I really can't see why universities and colleges wouldn't be able to set their own rules, and that's what this allows them to do," said Jakobsson, a longtime gun control advocate. "And each university and college, they wouldn't have to match the rules of other colleges and universities. They have the ability to create what works for their campuses."
She said she had talked to Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, the chief proponent of concealed carry in the state.
"I know that his legislation did not include the close proximity to campuses, grounds and other property language that is in the amendment that I have," she said.
Asked what might be included in her "close proximity to campus" amendment, Jakobsson was uncertain.
"I think we're going to have to wait and see what kind of rules they write," she said, referring to the Legislature's Joint Commission on Administrative Rules.
Her second amendment should be noncontroversial, Jakobsson asserted.
"I've always said that if I could write my own bill, this is one I said, that hospitals and mental health facilities should be included in places where firearms would be prohibited," she said.
Phelps' own concealed carry bill (HB 997) 12) barred carrying a concealed firearm at a "residential mental health facility" but did not mention hospitals.