General Assembly Overrides Governor's Concealed Carry Veto

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Published on July 9 2013 6:56 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Illinois General Assembly has voted to override Governor Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of concealed carry legislation.

The votes mean the legislation as approved a couple of weeks ago by the General Assembly will become the law in Illinois.  The governor wanted people to carry only one gun at a time, with no more than 10 rounds of ammo.  He also didn't want guns in places where alcohol is served. 

The House voted first on the override, since the legislation was a House bill.  The vote in the House was 77-31 in favor of the override.  The Senate this afternoon approved the override by a 41-17 margin.

The votes mean carrying a concealed gun will be legal, but not without a concealed carry license issued by the state police, and the process for getting that license hasn't been developed.

Some Illinois counties, though, have said they will not prosecute people for carrying a weapon when the legislature has already said that it's legal to do so.