Governor Changes Concealed Carry Bill; Legislature to Consider an Override Vote


Published on July 3 2013 10:59 am
Written by Greg Sapp

Governor Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power Tuesday to make changes to concealed carry legislation approved by lawmakers.  Legislators, though, are headed back to Springfield to consider an override of the governor's changes.

Quinn called the bill "flawed" and said it had serious safety problems that needed to be addressed.  He says it had too many provisions inspired by the National Rifle Association and not the common good.

The governor says he wants to make sure guns stay out of places where alcohol is served.  He also wants to make sure home rule governments keep powers to enact laws concerning assault weapons.

Quinn wants to limit permit holders to how many guns they can carry; one weapon with one clip of ammunition and no more than 10 shells in the clip.

Lawmakers, however, are headed back to Springfield on Tuesday to attempt to override Quinn's changes in the legislation.  The original bill was passed after give-and-take from people on both sides of the issue, and supporters say Quinn's changes go too far.