Quinn makes changes to ‘flawed’ concealed carry bill
As expected, Gov. Pat Quinn is making some changes to Illinois’ conceal carry legislation.
The governor said he’s using his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the weapons proposal passed by the General Assembly.
“I have carefully reviewed every part of this legislation. This is a flawed bill with serious safety problems that must be addressed,” Quinn wrote in his veto message. “Therefore, I am compelled to use my constitutional authority to rectify several specific issues, to establish a better law to protect the people of Illinois.”
The governor wants municipalities to be allowed to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
He also wants to limit the number of rounds that could be carried in a gun.
None of those provisions was written into the bill.
Quinn also wants to limit the number of firearms a person can carry to one, and require that a weapon be completely concealed in public instead of just partially hidden.
Quinn’s changes may not hold because the original bill passed with veto-proof majorities.
The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.