Illinois Governor Vetoes Concealed Carry Legislation

By:  James Heiser
Illinois Governor Vetoes Concealed Carry Legislation

A last minute "amendatory veto" by Democratic governor Pat Quinn threatens to unravel the consensus in Illinois which legalized concealed carry of a firearm.

When a ruling last December by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals mandated that the State of Illinois legalize concealed carry of a firearm, it mandated that if the state did not act within 180 days, the court would take further action. As reported last month for The New American, the Democrat-controlled legislature managed to pass a bill with only days to spare, and the bill that passed was a compromise that did not please either side. The hope expressed by the various parties shaping the compromise bill was that it at least offered the hope of the bringing the state into compliance with the court’s ruling. But now, a last moment veto by Gov. Pat Quinn (shown) is threatening to destroy that compromise and risks further direct involvement by the court in changing the state’s laws that presently fundamentally hinder the free exercise of citizen’s constitutional rights.

An article for sets forth the changes that the Democratic governor is attempting to insert unilaterally into the concealed carry law:

But, by using what is known as his "amendatory veto power," Quinn could imperil the carefully crafted deal, which now heads back to the legislature.… 

Among those changes, he called for guns to be banned from any business where alcohol is served. 

"Guns and alcohol don't mix. And I think it's very important that the legislature understand that message from the people of Illinois," Quinn said.

He also added a restriction so that licensed gun owners would only be allowed to carry a single concealed gun and one ammunition clip holding up to 10 rounds. 

Critics are quick to note the arbitrary character of Quinn’s modifications to the bill. For example, banning law-abiding citizens from being able to carry their concealed carry into any restaurant that happens to serve alcohol — regardless of whether that citizen even partakes of such beverages — simply illustrates the fact that Quinn’s “amendatory veto” is an appeal to sentiment.

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