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No Decision Yet on Concealed Carry Bill

Dave Dahl, IRN
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – What will he do, and what’s taking him so long?

Three weeks after the Illinois legislature gave the governor a bill allowing people to carry a concealed weapon, there’s no decision.

“We’re studying that bill,” Gov. Pat Quinn said. “That bill is a complex one, and it deserves full, complete review. It deals with public safety, and it’s going on as we speak.”

A federal court has given the state until July 9 to legalize concealed-carry, having thrown out Illinois’ unique outright ban.

House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) has some advice for the governor: “If you look at the vote in the House and in the Senate … it’s pretty clear that if the governor vetoes or offers an amendatory veto, it will be overridden.”

Madigan offered one other insight into Quinn’s strategy: “My expectation is that the governor will take some action on that bill, which, in a certain sense, is designed to enhance his campaign for re-election.” That 2014 re-election bid could include a Democratic primary against the speaker’s daughter.

Meanwhile, a letter signed by 23 Senate Democrats, including the Senate president, is urging the governor to reveal his stance on the concealed carry bill to avert a “public safety and constitutional crisis.”

Madison County state’s attorney Thomas Gibbons was the first to say he wouldn’t prosecute anyone arrested for concealed carry, as long as they followed some rules. Now eight other state’s attorneys have followed, including Clinton County, Lake County, Macon County, Peoria County, Randolph County, Tazewell County, White County, and Woodford County.

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