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.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he predicts a “showdown” over his proposed changes to a concealed carry bill.
The Democratic governor used his amendatory veto power to tweak the legislation sent to him after months of debate and negotiation over the measure.
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.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he will a make a decision whether to a sign a concealed carry bill soon, while the July 9 deadline to legalize the carry of weapons approaches.
Three weeks after the Illinois legislature gave the governor a bill allowing people to carry a concealed weapon, there’s no decision.
The plea signed by 23 Democrats, including Senate President John Cullerton, said Quinn should “make his intentions known” so lawmakers have time to react before a July 9 court-ordered deadline for implementing a plan.
The second 30-day extension would allow Madigan’s busy staff to continue researching the issues that could be part of a possible appeal.
Tazewell County prosecutor Stewart Umholtz will not prosecute concealed carry.
The decisions by some legal officials in Illinois come in the wake of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision that requires Illinois lawmakers to create concealed-carry legislation awaiting Gov. Quinn’s signature.