Governor Quinn Calls for Common-Sense Gun Laws
By WestKyStar Staff
CHICAGO, IL - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn joined a community walk on the south side of Chicago on Saturday. Quinn was present to discuss how important common-sense gun laws are in the state, especially when concealed carry is a concern.
Earlier this week the Governor issued an amendatory veto of House Bill 183, legislation that would allow and regulate the carrying of concealed handguns in public places, to address several serious safety concerns. The changes address safety problems with the legislation and will make communities safer across the state.
“The people of Illinois deserve common-sense gun policies that keep them safe,” Governor Quinn said. “No one needs to carry more than one gun and 10 rounds of ammunition for self-protection. As we continue to fight the gun violence that plagues many communities, the common-sense changes I made last week are crucial to public safety."
The governor’s changes to House Bill 183 puts a restriction on the concealed carry of guns to one per person and one ammunition magazine holding no more than 10 rounds. The changes would also continue to allow local governments to enact assault weapons bans in their communities; keeping guns out of establishments serving alcohol, including most family restaurants; and make the presumption that weapons cannot be carried onto private property or in the workplace unless permission is given. The governor’s changes establish a better law that puts public safety first.
On December 11, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down Illinois’ ban on the concealed carry of guns in public and established a deadline of July 9 for the General Assembly to pass concealed carry legislation. Legislators took six of the seven months provided to pass the flawed bill, including many provisions inspired by the National Rifle Association. Governor Quinn’s amendatory veto corrects those flaws and will establishes a better, safer law for the people of Illinois.
The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to return to Springfield on July 9 to act on Governor Quinn’s amendatory veto, details of which may be viewed by clicking the related link below.
Legislators can vote to accept the veto, which requires a three-fifths majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, or they could vote to override the veto, which requires a three-fifths majority in both chambers. If both chambers do nothing, House Bill 183 will not be enacted, and the concealed carry issue will be decided by the courts.
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