Skip to comments.Quinn says he's ready for 'showdown' on concealed carry
Posted on 07/09/2013 6:35:04 AM PDT by rellimpank
Lawmakers return to Springfield on Tuesday, poised to override Gov. Pat Quinn's rewrite of a proposed law allowing concealed carry of firearms, but his actions and those of his potential rivals have created a conundrum for many Downstate Democrats in the early stages of the 2014 race for governor.
The prospects for rejecting Quinn's changes are high in the Democratic-controlled legislature, which faces a court-ordered deadline to enact a concealed carry law. Still, even a quick resolution on the latest gun regulation fight poses longer-term questions for the Democrats.
Quinn's gun-control position, along with those of potential primary challenger Bill Daley, give gun-rights-supporting Democrats outside the Chicago area little place to turn when it comes to casting a primary ballot for the state's top job. If Attorney General Lisa Madigan gets into the contest, her record in support of gun regulation also leaves gun-owner rights advocates out in the cold.
"Right now, (Downstate Democrats) see the choices and it's two Chicago guys," said state Rep. Brandon Phelps, the Harrisburg Democrat who helped negotiate the legislature's compromise bill from the gun-owner rights perspective. "I think there might be some other people who will get into this race."
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Somebody call Janet Napolitano!
Mr. Quinn is almost completely irrelevant in Illinois.
He keeps forgetting that there is a AWFUL LOT of Illinois outside the City of Chicago. His press stunts all seem to be in Chicago. At yesterday’s pathetic plea not to override him, he claimed he “has the respect of the people of Illinois”. I got a hot little update for you, Mr,. Quinn. Michael Pfleger is NOT a member of the legislature...so why is he at all of your little press stunts lately? Whether Pat has just gotten soft in the head or he is surrounded by people who won’t let him see reality, he’s missing some pretty basic facts here. CCW is a HUGE issue downstate—where he lost almost every county except for two desperately poor counties and the one where Southern Illinois University is located—all of them populated by people dependent on the state for their living. Democrats are the sponsors of this bill...from downstate. He’s going against BOTH parties to pander to inner city Chicago. And with downstate democrats pushing this bill int he first place, there’s not enough inner city Chicago votes to sustain his veto.
Quinn lost all of the Chicago collar counties. He won by less than 50,00 votes statewide. He has obviously realized that he needs near 100% vote in Cook County to be able to sin re-election even past the primary.
Having a veto overriden isn’t a showdown, governor, it’s losing by four touchdowns. It’s mind over matter—they don’t mind, because you no longer matter. Michael Madigan runs this state, Rahm Emanuel runs Chicago and Quinn just runs his mouth. Madigan’s daughter wants to be governor now, so he’s gonna humiliate the Quinnster as much as he can so she wins the primary. Having your veto overidden is a brilliant move on Madigan’s part to shut the door the rest of the way on his irrelevant governorship. At least Lisa knows that there is in fact life south of Interstate 80. That’s a BIIIG advantage over Quinn.
The CCW law was negotiated in Springfield, where the seat of Illinois government is. Quinn spends all his time in Chicago, where he WISHES the seat of Illinois government was. Decisions are made by those who show up, Pat, and you showed up three months late and four hours northeast of where this decision took place.
Perhaps if Quinn spent more of his time as governor in Springfield, he’d have known that.
Great analysis. Thanks.
In other news: Don’t bring a hatchet to a gunfight.
Resident in LaPorte intruder shooting will not be charged
11 minutes ago Stan Maddux Times Correspondent
LAPORTE | Investigators say an intruder refused to drop a hatchet and was trying to wrestle a gun away from the occupant of a home when he was fatally shot Monday morning.
LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said based on those and other findings of the preliminary investigation no charges will be filed against the man whose home was broken into.
“It appears to be self defense,” said Szilagyi.
Jason Rabe, 23, of Three Oaks, Mich., was pronounced dead from a single gunshot wound to the left side of his upper chest inside a log home in the 6700 block of East County Road 1000 North, west of Hudson Lake.
ISP: 6 months to begin accepting concealed carry applications if lawmakers reject Quinn’s changes
AP , Associated Press
Jul. 9, 2013 11:48 AM ET
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Even as Illinois lawmakers meet in Springfield for a special session, there’s debate about what will happen in Illinois if there’s no concealed carry law by today’s court-ordered deadline.
The governor wants to make sweeping changes to a concealed carry bill, but lawmakers have been less than enthusiastic and are expected to override his changes.
Without a solution, some say it means anyone can carry a gun anywhere, while others say it will prompt local municipalities to enact their own ordinances.
If lawmakers reject Quinn’s changes and the bill they approved goes into effect, Illinois State Police will have to be ready within six months to accept applications. ISP spokeswoman Monique Bond says roughly 300,000 applications are expected in the first year.
Illinois is the only state without a law to allowed concealed carry.
How’s that “showdown” working for ya there, mister tough guy?
Give us a flex, Hercules.