By Brandon Reid
Senior Assistant Editor
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has used an amendatory veto on House Bill 183, which would create the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Quinn said he would like to re-write the bill to make it more strict. Both the House and the Senate passed the bill with veto-proof majorities.
As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Quinn’s veto message stated, “I am compelled to use my constitutional authority to rectify several specific issues, to establish a better law to protect the people of Illinois.”
The Capitol Fax blog reported Quinn also said in a press release that the bill had too many provisions “inspired by the National Rifle Association, not the common good.”
Among the changes the governor is pushing for include banning firearms from any establishment (including restaurants) that serves alcohol, reinstating “home-rule” communities’ authority to institute assault weapons bans, requiring a weapon to be completely (not just “mostly”) concealed, and allowing employers to ban weapons in their workplaces. All of the changes can be viewed at KeepIllinoisSafe.org.
In response to the amendatory veto, State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Belvidere, said: “The governor’s changes to the concealed carry bill would essentially gut the carefully-negotiated proposal that the General Assembly worked hard to pass this year. The governor’s flawed language would create a patchwork of confusing and overly restrictive laws that would only obstruct concealed carry rights for law-abiding Illinois residents. My hope is that the Legislature returns next week to override the governor’s changes so we can finally have a responsible concealed carry law.”
The bill now heads back to the Legislature, where lawmakers will either accept or reject the governor’s changes.
The bill passed the House 89-28 and the Senate 45-12 (with one “present” vote from state Rep. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago) on the final day of the spring legislative session.
The following area officials voted in favor of H.B. 183: state Reps. John Cabello (R-Machesney Park), Jim Sacia (R-Freeport) and Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford/Belvidere), and state Sens. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) and Dave Syverson (R-Rockford). State Rep. Chuck Jefferson (D-Rockford) voted against the measure.
A federal ruling dictates Illinois enact a concealed carry law by July 9. The ruling came after the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 11, 2012, that the state’s ban on carrying a weapon in public was unconstitutional. Illinois is the only state in the nation to not have some form of concealed carry law.
Posted July 2, 2013