Illinois becomes last state in the nation to allow concealed carry

By WEEK Reporter

Illinois becomes last state in the nation to allow concealed carry

July 9, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois House and Senate voted Tuesday to override Governor Pat Quinn's amendatory veto on concealed carry.

Tuesday afternoon, the Illinois Senate voted 41 to 17 to override the governor's veto. Early in the day, the House also voted to override by a vote of 77 to 31.

A separate bill (HB 1453) which included three minor changes recommended by the governor, passed in the Senate but failed in the House.

The bill would have required people stopped by law enforcement to immediately declare they were possessing a concealed firearm.

It also have would not required signage in public places where firearms are prohibited, such as schools and government buildings.

Finally, the bill would have required reporting of people found to be mentally ill to the Illinois State Police.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, the governor voiced his frustration at the failure of that bill.

“Members of the Illinois House could not even manage to pass follow-up legislation that included a few of the critical changes that I outlined last week, such as improved mental health reporting and the duty to immediately inform law enforcement officers of the possession of a loaded concealed weapon," said Quinn. "Yet, despite my objections, members of the General Assembly surrendered to the National Rifle Association in the waning days of session and passed a flawed bill that allows people to carry guns in establishments that serve alcohol, and allows people to carry unlimited guns and unlimited high-capacity ammunition magazines."

Many lawmakers, however, expressed their anger towards the governor.

"Governor Quinn's veto was obviously ill-advised and he should have known that the General Assembly would override his actions. This is long overdue," LaHood said. "This legislative session would not have been necessary had Governor Quinn just accepted the will of the people instead of making his grand political announcement last week."

Quinn used his power of amendatory veto on July 2 to make multiple changes to the bill. He said he wanted to make sure that home-rule governments will be able to enact future laws on issues such as assault weapons.

As the bill is currently written, guns would be allowed in most private properties. Quinn's version would have required private properties to have to have signs outside their establishments saying they allow guns.

The Governor also said that as the bill is written, their are no limits on the amounts of guns and ammunition that can be carried. Quinn wanted to limit a person to carrying one fully concealed gun with no more than ten rounds of ammunition.