Ill. Gov. Quinn Expected To Sign Concealed Carry Law Today
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX/AP) –Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power Tuesday to change concealed-carry gun legislation that a federal appeals court says Illinois must adopt by July 9. Quinn’s changes need to be approved by the Legislature, which spent months negotiating the original compromise bill. A number of lawmakers have vowed to override Quinn and reject the new provisions.
Here is what Quinn wants to change:
ALCOHOL: Guns would be banned from any business where alcohol is served. Currently, the legislation bars guns only from restaurants whose liquor sales amount to less than half of gross sales.
LOCAL LAWS: Local communities would be able to create their own laws limiting assault weapons.
SIGNAGE: A person wouldn’t be allowed to carry a concealed gun into a business, church or other private property unless the owner displays a sign giving them express permission.
AT WORK: Employers would be able to enact policies prohibiting workers from carrying concealed weapons on the job or on job-related duties.
GUNS AND AMMO: Licensed gun owners would only be allowed to carry a single concealed gun and one ammunition clip holding up to 10 rounds.
MENTAL HEALTH: More clarification would be required to assure that Illinois State Police get mental health records to determine whether a permit applicant could be a threat to themselves or others.
VISIBILITY: The definition of “concealed firearm” would be clarified to remove language that allows people to carry “mostly concealed” weapons. Quinn wants guns completely concealed.
OPEN RECORDS: A Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board would have to follow state open records laws and notify the public about its meetings.
ALERTING AUTHORITIES: People who have a concealed firearm would immediately have to tell police and public safety officials they’re carrying a gun.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign a concealed carry measure into law Tuesday, beating a federally-mandated deadline by a full week, but the bill’s sponsor isn’t exactly thrilled.
That’s because Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, says while the governor is keeping his plans close to the vest, he has been told that Quinn is prepared to sign an “amended” bill and Phelps hasn’t been told what changes might be made before Quinn signs the bottom line.
A spokesperson for Quinn’s office will only say that he will “act in the interest of public safety.”
Phelps says he will be upset if Quinn does make significant changes to the measure, which was the result of a hard-won compromise during the 2013 session.
In the past, Quinn has advocated allowing larger cities, i.e. Chicago, to adopt their own restrictions as a means of what he calls “local control” but Phelps warns that such a proviso could simply lead to lawsuits down the road.
As it currently reads, the bill allows anyone with a FOID card to get a concealed carry permit after passing a background check, undergoing 16 hours of training, and paying a $150 fee.
The 16-hour training requirement would make it the most extensive gun training requirement in the nation. Currently, Illinois is the only state in the U.S. that does not allow concealed carry.