Skip to comments.Override Gov. Quinnochio's Carry Veto, House and Senate start session at 11AM, call 217-782-2000.
Posted on 07/08/2013 5:58:12 PM PDT by Steelers6
Gov. Pat Quinn is off target in his bid to rewrite a bill that would allow Illinoisans to carry concealed firearms.
Last week, and with only a week before a federal court deadline requiring the state to approve a concealed carry law, Quinn issued an amendatory veto of House Bill 183, the legislation passed in May by the Illinois General Assembly in an attempt to meet the court's mandate.
Even though the bill was approved by wide margins in both the Illinois House and Senate, Quinn's amendatory veto sends the measure back to legislators with significant changes that the governor said he wants them to make.
Quinn's changes include a provision to limit the number of firearms a person can carry to just one, as well as a ban on carrying weapons in establishments that serve alcohol. Towns in Illinois also would have the right to enact their own bans on so-called assault weapons, beyond just a 10-day window that was part of the bill approved by the General Assembly.
Quinn contends the bill crafted by lawmakers has serious flaws that jeopardize the public safety of Illinois' residents. He points out the high incidence of gun violence in Chicago and complains that the legislation was influenced unduly by the National Rifle Association.
The version of HB 183 passed by the Legislature allows qualified gun owners who pass background checks and undergo training to get carry permits for $150.
Quinn complained that the bill would allow people to carry more than one gun with unlimited numbers of ammunition rounds. He rewrote it to limit gun owners to carrying one gun with an ammunition clip holding no more than 10 rounds.
He also called for clarifying language on mental health and objected to language requiring a gun to be "mostly concealed," saying it would lead to a law allowing guns to be carried on the hip. The governor also said gun-toting citizens should be required to notify police, when asked, that they're carrying.
But the fact is, Quinn is beating a dead horse when it comes to these objections. His ideas were discussed, debated and rejected by legislators. Those lawmakers passed HB 183 with more votes than the three-fifths majority needed in each chamber to override any veto. Therefore, if all the lawmakers who voted in favor of HB 183 do so again in a veto session, they will override Quinn's veto, and the bill will become law.
That's almost certain to happen, because lawmakers seem genuinely angered by Quinn's attempts to derail the bill. After all, they spent months debating and negotiating the legislation, only to see the governor wait until virtually the last minute to issue his amendatory veto. Legislative leaders already are calling for a session this Tuesday to deal with the governor's proposed changes. That day, July 9, also is the deadline that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set for Illinois to pass a law in response to the court's ruling last December that the state's ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional.
At the moment, Illinois is the only state that doesn't have a law allowing public, concealed carry of firearms. It remains unclear what will happen if Tuesday's deadline passes without a concealed carry law in effect. Some gun-rights advocates argue that would leave residents free to carry any type of weapon anywhere in Illinois; others say it would mean local communities could enact their own ordinances.
Lawmakers clearly are upset by the timing of Quinn's amendatory veto, which came only a week before the court's deadline and more than a month after they sent him the bill. But it's not the first time Quinn has tried to impose his own ideas about gun control on legislators. Last year, he stripped a bill dealing with ammunition sales and used his amendatory veto to replace the measure with a proposed statewide ban on assault weapons. Lawmakers quickly overrode the veto and restored the bill's original language.
We urge legislators to do the same with HB 183. The court has spoken, the people have spoken and the General Assembly has spoken, and all of them say it's time for Illinois to become a concealed carry state. Now that the governor has had his say, it's time for the Legislature to reject his proposals and put our state in step with the rest of the nation
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