Last week an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill which would have made concealed carry licenses reciprocal from state to state failed by just two votes, according to a release by the IllinoisCarry forum.

The failure of the measure is being attributed to two republicans, Sen. Dick Lugar of Indiana and Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, who both voted against passage.

The amendment introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) would not have allowed law abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms in IL or WI, the two remaining states which still ban the practice but would have been of great convenience to the residents of the 48 states that do issue licenses to carry concealed firearms.