The sponsor earlier pulled the bill over concerns voiced by the National Rifle Association and pro-gun lawmakers.
For days, Quinn has been pushing for alterations to a bill that would end Illinois’ status as the last state in the nation to ban the concealed carry of weapons in public.
A spokesperson for Quinn’s office will only say that he will “act in the interest of public safety” but the bill’s sponsor is concerned.
A federal appeals court ruled in December Illinois must allow citizens to carry concealed weapons.
Rep. Brandon Phelps is a southern Illinois Democrat who sponsored the concealed carry bill. It failed Thursday 64-45. It needed 71 votes.
After watching his fellow House members burn through an entire day Monday wrangling over the pros and cons of his bill, Democrat Brandon Phelps said there’s still a long road ahead.
“Until the Supreme Court of the United States has spoken, state courts are not precluded from exercising their own judgments on federal constitutional measures”
A federal court’s decision to strike down a state law that banned carrying concealed weapons and says Illinois could have a new concealed carry law by early next month.
In early April he said he was three to four votes shy of the necessary 71 votes. Not much has changed since then.