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Lawmakers Speak Out Against Quinn's Concealed Carry Bill Changes

Updated: July 2, 2013 10:57 PM
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With the deadline for Illinois to adopt concealed carry legislation just one week away, the fight over what that legislation will look like continues.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto powers Tuesday to make some significant changes to the bill passed by the General Assembly. The governor's version is a lot more restrictive.

Governor Quinn says the changes he wants to make would strengthen the bill and fix provisions that pose significant safety risks.

Among other things, he wants to prohibit concealed carry in any establishment where alcohol is served, including family restaurants. House Bill 183, the bill passed by the General Assembly, prohibits concealed carry only in bars.

Quinn also wants to limit people to carrying only one concealed gun and one ammunition clip, holding no more than ten rounds. The legislature did not set any limits on those things.

And, the governor wants to make it so someone can only bring a gun into businesses or other private property where the owner has put up signs giving them express permission to do so. The General Assembly's version gave property owners the option to put up signs to keep concealed weapons out.

Local representatives we talked to say they want to override Quinn's veto, and they're confident they have the votes to do it.

Meanwhile, the governor is urging lawmakers to uphold his changes, which he called "common sense".

"Everything that he has talked about in the bill is actually already in the bill. He just went one step further. So we had common sense legislation in 183 with out him messing it up," Rep. Mike Smiddy, (D) 71st District, told us.

"One of the things that he was afraid of is that crime's going to increase. Well, they've done some studies, and the studies show where they have concealed carry, crime has actually gone down," Rep. Patrick Verschoore, (D) 72nd District, said.

State lawmakers are heading back to Springfield next week to take up the concealed carry bill again.

July 9 is also the deadline Governor Quinn has set for the bipartisan committee that's supposed to be coming up with a fix for the state's massive pension crisis to do that.

Lawmakers we spoke to were not all that confident a solution could be reached by that time.