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Quinn plans Tuesday to announce rewrite of concealed-carry legislation
SPRINGFIELD-Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to announce a rewrite Tuesday of legislation that would end Illinois’ last-in-the-nation prohibition on gun owners carrying their weapons in public places, multiple sources confirmed Monday night.
Details of Quinn’s anticipated amendatory veto of the Firearm Concealed Carry Act remained a closely guarded secret with only the governor’s office announcing a scheduled Tuesday appearance with reporters to take action on the bill.
Late Monday, a Quinn spokeswoman would not confirm how Quinn would modify the legislation, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly by overwhelmingly lopsided margins on the last day of the spring legislative session in May.
But state Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), the measure’s chief House sponsor, told the Chicago Sun-Times that Quinn’s office told him of the governor’s plans to amendatorily veto the bill.
“It’s a shame he is doing this on the week of the 4th [of July],” Phelps said. “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,” Phelps continued. “He’s totally playing politics.”
The gun deal that passed the General Assembly on May 31 would have preserved local gun laws, including Chicago and Cook County’s bans on assault weapons, and kept gun owners from carrying their loaded weapons on public trains and buses.
Legislators were forced to take action on concealed-carry legislation after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals last December struck down the state’s prohibition against gun owners from taking their weapons in public places and gave the General Assembly 180 days to remedy the situation.
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has not decided whether to appeal the appeals ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Phelps said he was not given specific details of how Quinn would rewrite the bill but said he believed the governor would:
–require the weapons be “completely” concealed, not just “mostly” concealed;
–limit a person to carrying only one weapon and one ammunition magazine carrying no more than 10 rounds;
–bar concealed weapons in all facilities that serve alcohol;
–prohibit concealed weapons in the workplace unless employers give “express permission” and grant employers the ability to prohibit employees from bringing or carrying weapons on all private property;
–eliminate the ability of a concealed weapon permit holder to remove their weapons in a parking lot for the purpose of moving it between the vehicle’s passenger compartment and its trunk.
The governor’s office would neither confirm nor deny those changes.
If Quinn acts according to Phelps’ script, the governor will run headlong into a likely 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. Such a step could occur as early as next Wednesday when lawmakers return to Springfield for a one-day session.
But politically, such a defeat for the governor would enable him to boast of his efforts to preserve gun-control laws in the state. A rewrite of the concealed carry legislation would position himself favorably with many voters in a Democratic primary when he could face challenges from the attorney general and former White House Chief of Staff William Daley, the brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.