Barack Obama called for federal legislation to pre-empt state concealed carry laws: “In a February  survey of Democratic primary candidates for the U.S. Senate by the Tribune, Obama said he opposed allowing ordinary citizens to carry concealed weapons and that a federal law banning concealed carried weapons except for law enforcement is needed.” (Liam Ford, “Keyes Backs Law On Concealed Guns,” Chicago Tribune, 8/25/04)
Barack Obama opposes concealed carry: Obama: “I mean, I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry.” (David Mendell, “Obama Has Center In His Sights,” Chicago Tribune, 4/27/04)
Obama disagreed. He backed federal legislation that would ban citizens from carrying weapons, except for law enforcement. He cited Texas as an example of a place where a law allowing people to carry weapons has "malfunctioned" because hundreds of people granted licenses had prior convictions. "National legislation will prevent other states' flawed concealed- weapons laws from threatening the safety of Illinois residents," Obama said.
"Gun control: Election Center 2008". CNN. Retrieved on 2008-04-17. “Supports national law against carrying concealed weapons, with exceptions for retired police and military personnel.”
"Democratic hopefuls vary a bit on death penalty", Chicago Tribune (2004-02-20). Retrieved on 2008-04-17. "Obama says, "National legislation will prevent other states' flawed concealed