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Illinois Likely To Pass Concealed Carry Bill According To State Reps


"I think that there will be a pretty strong vote to override the veto."

That's what Republican State Representative Don Moffitt feels would happen Tuesday. The state of Illinois has a final decision to make on whether or not to allow people to carry concealed weapons. The Federal Appeals Court deems the ban to be unconstitutional, and representative Moffitt says it would be a violation of the second amendment if not passed.

"The average law abiding citizen, they have a right to have a weapon they have a right to carry it with adequate safeguards, and proof of training and proof of who they are, and have a clean criminal background check."

Governor Pat Quinn's decision to veto the bill came as no surprise to representative Moffit.

"I wasn't that surprised, I wished he has signed it, but he didn't. So now it's the legislature's turn to react to that."

And they will. In order for the bill to pass it will need at least three-fifth's of the General Assembly's vote. 71 votes from The House and 36 from The Senate. Democratic State Representative, Patrick Werschoore, says he has no doubt the veto will be overridden.

"I honestly believe that it will get 85-votes again," he said.

Illinois is currently the only state that doesn't allow concealed carry. Tuesday's final decision may or may not change

"If people simply vote the same as they did or even most of them we have more than enough...I expect the house to override it, I expect the senate to override the governor too," said Moffitt.


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