Governor Quinn Uses Veto For Concealed Carry Changes
Gov. Quinn has used his amendatory veto powers to make changes to a concealed carry bill.
It's a new chapter in the fight over concealed carry in Illinois as Governor Quinn is using his amendatory veto powers to make some significant changes to the bill passed by the Assembly.
The local representatives we talked to today say they want to override the Governor's veto and they're confident they have the votes to do that.
For his part, Governor Quinn says the changes he made to House Bill 183 when he signed it were, "Common sense."
"It all depends on whose common sense you're listening to I guess," Rep. Patrick Verschoore said.
"We had common sense legislation in 183 without him messing up," Rep. Mike Smiddy said.
Among other things, the Governor's version prohibits concealed carry at any establishment where alcohol is served. It limits people to carrying only one concealed gun and one ammunition clip holding no more than ten rounds and only allows people to carry a concealed gun into a business or other private property where the owner has put up a sign giving them express permission to.
The bill that passed in the General Assembly is the opposite. Property owners have the option to put up signs to keep concealed weapons out.
"Governor Quinn wants a ban completely on concealed carry if you ask my opinion of it," Smiddy said.
But the Federal Appeals Court says Illinois must adopt concealed carry legislation by July 9th. It found the State's ban on concealed carry unconstitutional.
Both Representative Pat Verschoore and Representative Mike Smiddy say the legislation agreed to by the General Assembly is the best answer for the state.
State lawmakers will take up the concealed carry bill again when they go back to Springfield next week.