Concealed carry showdown set for tomorrow in Springfield

Illinois lawmakers return to Springfield tomorrow and Governor Quinn says he’s ready for a showdown over concealed carry

The new law would make it legal to carry concealed firearms in Illinois.  But last week, Gov Quinn rewrote it, banning guns at all establishments that serve alcohol and limiting the number a person can carry to one.

Tomorrow is the deadline imposed by a federal appeals court for action on the issue. Illinois is now the only state that bans public possession of guns. The court ruled the ban unconstitutional. The bill’s sponsors now accuse the governor of taking their carefully-crafted bill and gutting it.

On the road in recent days, Gov Quinn’s been working to drum-up support for his changes. But given that it took months of intense debate to get this compromise, which lawmakers in both chambers have already approved with more than a 3/5th majority, changing course now looks unlikely.

When lawmakers reconvene tomorrow, the sponsors of the concealed carry bill will try to override the governor’s changes and unless something else changes, they have the votes to do exactly that.

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