Illinois has until July 9 to put a concealed-carry law on the books, and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is scrambling to put new restrictions on the state’s new concealed-carry bill before the deadline.
Up until now Illinois was the only state that did not allow gunowners to carry a concealed weapon. Tuesday on Quinn used his “amendatory veto power” to send the legislation back to the drawing board. He wants to limit the number of firearms and rounds that can be carried and also ban all guns from any place that serves alcohol.
Lawmakers, even those in Quinn’s own party, claim they are ready to reject the governor’s provisions.
Democratic Sen. Bill Haine said he wants to see lawmakers override the veto because Quinn “ignored the will of the people.”
Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan expects the amendatory veto will be overridden when lawmakers reconvene on July 8, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Quinn cited public safety as his foremost concern about the bill as it stands.
“The bill provides no cap on the number of guns, or on the size or number of ammunition clips that may be carried,” Quinn wrote on his web site. “Instead, it allows individuals to legally carry multiple guns with unlimited rounds of ammunition, which is a public safety hazard.”
“My foremost duty as governor is to keep the people of Illinois safe,” Quinn said in a statement. “This is a flawed bill with serious safety problems that must be addressed. There are too many provisions in this bill that are inspired by the National Rifle Association, not the common good. Public safety should never be compromised or negotiated away, and I urge members to uphold the common sense changes I propose today."
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam criticized the last minute changes.
"Limiting the rights of law abiding people has never been an effective tool in reducing crime," he said in an email to Fox News. "Arresting, prosecuting and punishing criminals is. That's a simple and straightforward concept that reasonable people grasp."
The U.S. Court of Appeals struck down the state’s ban on concealed-carry in December.
“Let me be clear, I do not agree with this ruling,” Quinn said. “However, I am duty-bound to address the mandates of the Court of Appeals, unless the United States Supreme Court rules otherwise.”