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Concealed carry in Illinois

Illinois has been the last state to legalize the concealed carry of guns. That seems to be about to change.

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Smith & Wesson 9mm semi-automatic handgun. (Chicago Tribune photo illustration by Erin Galletta)

Illinois today became the last state in the country to legalize the concealed carry of guns after both the House and Senate rejected Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to rewrite the compromise bill.

Senators voted 41-17 to override Quinn’s amendatory veto of the bill. Earlier in the day, the House voted 77-31 to overturn the governor’s rewrite. The measure now becomes law, though the actual ability of gun owners to carry a concealed firearm remains months away.

The action by the Democratic General Assembly was a major repudiation of the actions of the state’s Democratic governor. Supporters of the compromise legislation accused Quinn of engaging in re-election politics rather than negotiating with lawmakers when the bill was crafted.

Illinois has been the only state that bans so-called concealed carry — but faced a court-mandated deadline of today to enact regulations after a federal appellate court ruled the state’s prohibition unconstitutional.

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The Illinois House, with no debate, voted 77-31 today to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s changes to a compromise plan to regulate the concealed carrying of firearms in the state.

The state Senate must also vote to override Quinn’s rewrite of the bill for the measure to become law. That vote is expected later today.

The measure got 89 votes in its original House roll call at the end of May. It needed 71 House votes to override Quinn’s amendatory veto.

Illinois is the only state that bans so-called concealed carry — but faces a court-mandated deadline of today to enact regulations after a federal appellate court ruled the state’s prohibition unconstitutional.

If the full General Assembly overrides Quinn’s rewrite, gun owners will not be able to carry a concealed firearm without a valid concealed carry license issued by the Illinois State Police — a process that state police would have 180 days to develop. Possessing a valid Firearms Owner Identification Card, or FOID card, is not sufficient on its own to carry a concealed firearm, state police say.

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RAW: Quinn makes ‘common sense changes’ to concealed carry bill

Mike talks to State Representative Brandon Phelps, who considers the ownership of weapons essential to safety when it comes to self defense.


Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, left, and Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, present a reworked version of their House-passed concealed carry bill before the Senate Executive Committee at the State Capitol in Springfield Friday, May 31, 2013. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune)

Gov. Pat Quinn today inserted stricter gun control measures into a high-profile concealed carry bill, sending back the carefully crafted measure to lawmakers who are wary of any changes.

According to a copy of the governor’s veto message obtained by the Tribune, Quinn moved to ban guns from all places that serve alcohol, allow people with permits to carry only one concealed weapon that can hold only 10 rounds of ammunition, required guns to be completely concealed instead of partially, give employers more rights to regulate guns in their businesses, and removed a provision to prevent home-rule towns from enacting assault weapons bans.

“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.”

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A Senate committee shot down a more-lenient concealed carry bill as they upheld another more restrictive proposal Tuesday afternoon.

This new version keeps intact local gun ordinances in large communities like Chicago, while the previous version leaned in favor of a statewide standard to allow law-abiding gun owners to carry a firearm in public.

Senators on both sides of the issue say a compromise could be close.

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Speaker Michael Madigan, seen here in March, pushed a concealed carry bill through the House today despite objections from Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Lane Christiansen / March 13, 2013)

Regardless of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn’s objections, the Illinois House passed a conceal carry law Friday afternoon.

The bill, which would end Illinois’ run as the last state without such a law, is backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Just before the House voted, he touted the bill’s mental health checks, which require law enforcement and health industry workers to report anyone with a mental disability making that person ineligible to buy a gun.

The bill sets up statewide standards in lieu of local gun laws, which has become one of the most contentious parts of the proposed law.

It now moves to the Senate where it’s expected to meet fierce opposition from President John Cullerton.

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Gov. Quinn stopped by the WGN studios to discuss current issues including flash mobs, concealed carry, and medicinal marijuana. Also, Quinn is set to meet with families of victims from Newtown, Conn. in Chicago to discuss high capacity ammunition magazines.


Gov. Pat Quinn live in the WGN Studios. (WGN Radio/Kevin Powell)

Representative Ken Dunkin joins Paul Lisnek to discuss same sex marriage, pensions, conceal/carry and other Springfield issues.


(L-R) Ken Dunkin and Paul Lisnek (WGN Radio)