EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOX) – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is not giving up on his call for more restrictions on guns in his state, despite the Illinois legislature’s override of his veto on concealed carry.
Quinn was asked in East St. Louis Monday if it’s a double standard for him to have tried to limit concealed carry rights in Illinois while he appeared at a press conference on the new Mississippi River bridge with two armed bodyguards and Illinois State Police there for his protection.
“Whether it’s the President of the United States, or mayors, or definitely governors, I think most people understand that there are threats, visible threats, to a person’s safety, especially a public official,” he said.
Quinn says he will continue to work to pass a law that would prohibit the carrying of guns in businesses that serve alcohol, something gun rights advocates say would give the advantage to illegal gun carriers.
“I do think we should revisit the issue of alcohol and guns,” he said. “You don’t want someone with a weapon loaded who’s drinking too much.”
As for concealed carry permits, Quinn said Monday that the law requires the state to begin issuing them within six months.