Quinn uses an amendatory veto on concealed carry bill

By WEEK Reporter

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn made an amendatory veto on the concealed carry bill on Tuesday, resulting in multiple changes to the bill.

“My foremost duty as Governor is to keep the people of Illinois safe,” Governor Quinn said. “This is a flawed bill with serious safety problems that must be addressed. There are too many provisions in this bill that are inspired by the National Rifle Association, not the common good."

Quinn used his amendatory veto power to make multiple changes to HB183. He said he wanted to make sure that home-rule governments will be able to enact future laws on issues such as assault weapons. The amended bill is designed to uphold that right.

Quinn said that the provision is "NRA-inspired" and "is not in the interest of public safety or local communities".

As the bill is currently written, guns would be allowed in most private properties. Quinn says that private properties have to have signs outside their establishments saying they allow guns. Quinn also wants guns outlawed from establishments that serve alcohol.

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

The Governor also wants to allow employers to enact policies that prohibit their employees from carrying guns.

He also wants clarification on mental health reporting, the records of the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board open to the public and to require that an individual report to officers that they are carrying a concealed firearm.

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