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Quinn rewrites concealed-carry legislation, says original bill is ‘flawed’ and poses ‘serious safety problems’
SPRINGFIELD-Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday rewrote legislation that would end Illinois’ last-in-the-nation prohibition on gun owners carrying their weapons in public places, calling the deal before him too friendly to the National Rifle Association.
“There are too many provisions in this bill inspired by the National Rifle Association, not the common good,” Quinn wrote in an amendatory veto message to lawmakers that was obtained Tuesday by the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Public safety should never be compromised nor negotiated away,” Quinn said.
The governor laid out a series of changes that included:
- preserving the right of home-rule communities like Chicago, Oak Park and Evanston to enact future bans on assault weapons.
- forcing businesses, churches and other private properties to post signs permitting concealed weapons inside their establishments instead of requiring them to post signs excluding weapons, which is how the legislation now reads.
- requiring the weapons be “completely” concealed, not just “mostly” concealed;
- limiting a person to carrying only one weapon and one ammunition magazine carrying no more than 10 rounds;
- barring concealed weapons in all facilities that serve alcohol;
- prohibiting concealed weapons in the workplace unless employers give “express permission” and granting employers the ability to prohibit employees from bringing or carrying weapons on all private property.
In his message to lawmakers, Quinn said he disagreed with the December ruling by a federal appeals court that tossed out Illinois’ prohibition on gun owners taking their weapons with them in public.
“Let me be clear, I do not agree with this ruling. However, I am duty-bound to address the mandates of the Court of Appeals, unless the United States Supreme Court rules otherwise,” Quinn wrote.
“To fill the legal void left by the Seventh Circuit’s opinion, House Bill 183 creates the Firearm Concealed Carry Act to allow and regulate the carrying of concealed handguns in public places,” he continued. “I have carefully reviewed every part of this legislation. This is a flawed bill with serious safety problems that must be addressed.”
Quinn now faces a certain override effort in the House and Senate, which passed the legislation by what are known as veto-proof majorities. The House voted 89-28 for the plan, while the Senate voted 45-12 for it.
A subsequent vote in both chambers that results in at least 71 House votes and 36 Senate votes will block Quinn’s effort to undercut the legislation.
“It’s a shame he is doing this on the week of the 4th [of July],” state Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) told the Chicago Sun-Times late Monday. “He’s living a double standard. He uses armed security guards for his protection but wants to make it harder for Illinoisans to protect themselves and their families.
“I can’t believe he would AV this when we had a compromise,” said Phelps, the legislation’s chief House sponsor. “He’s totally playing politics.”
Even if he loses an override fight in the General Assembly, the governor can use his move to appeal to Democratic primary voters who favor gun control, an important voting bloc as he faces possible challenges from Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former White House Chief of Staff William Daley, brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
On Tuesday, hours before Quinn’s action, William Daley moved to undercut the governor’s move by releasing an endorsement from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent gun-control advocate who has spent millions of dollars on candidates across the county aligned with him in his fight for tougher gun laws.
U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) was among the candidates who won their races in the last election cycle with Bloomberg’s financial support.
“I know him as a strong leader, who tells it like it is and gets things done,” Bloomberg said of Daley in a video released by Daley’s campaign. “He’ll be a tireless leader for honest budgets, better schools, and improved job climate for every part of Illinois.
“And as someone who is proud to have helped lead the fight against illegal guns, I can tell you Bill Daley will be a governor who will fight for common sense gun safety laws, background checks for all gun purchases, a ban on high capacity ammo magazines—respecting the rights of local communities to decide what gun laws work for them,” Bloomberg said.