A final showdown comes today on a bill to allow people in Illinois to carry concealed handguns.
Under federal court order, the state General Assembly approved a concealed-carry bill this spring; but only one week before the federal deadline, Governor Pat Quinn tacked on some amendments, like limiting a person to just one gun at a time, and outlawing guns in places like bars and restaurants.
The Governor complained, state lawmakers are embracing the ideals of the National Rifle Association and rejecting the will of the voters.
But State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) says Quinn is trying to undo a bill that took two years to negotiate, and a bill that passed both chambers of the legislature by veto-proof majorities.
Phelps says Quinn is just pandering to his Chicago base as he tries to win re-election.
Quinn carried only three of Illinois’ 102 counties in 2010, but Cook County, the state’s largest, was one of them.
The General Assembly is expected to override the governor’s amendatory veto and enact its original concealed-carry bill into law.