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7/4/2013 2:01:00 PM Legislators react to governor's amendatory gun veto
Quinn: Bill was hurried, influenced by NRA
CHICAGO (AP) — One week before a federal court deadline, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday demanded that lawmakers approve tougher restrictions as part of a gun possession bill that would make his state the last in the country to allow the concealed carry of firearms. Quinn cited Chicago’s gun violence in declaring that a compromise gun bill that cleared the House and Senate by wide margins was too hurried and influenced by the National Rifle Association. But fellow Democrats who lead the Legislature signaled they would try to override his changes next week. Using an amendatory veto, Quinn sent the measure back to legislators with significant changes — including a one-gun limit on the number of firearms a person can carry and a ban on weapons in establishments that serve alcohol. Towns also would have the right to enact their own assault weapons bans, beyond just a 10-day window that was part of the bill approved by the Legislature in May. “There are serious flaws in this bill that jeopardize the public safety of the people of Illinois,” said Quinn, surrounded by nearly 100 anti-violence advocates, including relatives of gunfire victims. The original legislation allows qualified gun owners who pass background checks and undergo training to get carry permits for $150. Quinn pointed out the bill would allow people to carry more than one gun with unlimited numbers of ammunition rounds. He rewrote it to limit gun owners to carrying one with an ammunition clip holding no more than 10 rounds. He called for clarifying language on mental health and objected to language requiring a gun to be “mostly concealed,” saying it would lead to a law allowing guns to be carried on the hip. He said a board considering appeals of denied permits should not be allowed to operate in secret and said gun-toting citizens should be required to notify police, when asked, that they’re carrying.
PRINCETON — Several North Central Illinois legislators responded quickly Tuesday to Gov. Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto on House Bill 183, the concealed-carry legislation, which passed during the General Assembly spring session.
Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) said she was not surprised by Quinn’s amendatory veto.
“We’ve been waiting for this to happen. It was a highly negotiated bill,” Rezin said. “It did receive a lot of votes to send a message to the governor that ‘you can use your amendatory veto, but we have enough votes to override it.’”
For lawmakers to seek an override of Quinn’s changes, the move would require three-fifths majority in both chambers, which the original bill had the required votes to do.
Representatives already have been called in for another July 8 and 9 session.
“The potential for the amendatory veto was high,” Rezin said. “I cleared my schedule for that day. Ideally, we would like to vote on this and a pension reform bill, but I am 99 percent sure that won’t happen.”
State Rep. David Leitch (R-Peoria) echoed the same sentiment as Rezin on the amendatory veto. He said it was expected.
“It will be soundly overridden on the 9th,” Leitch said. “The governor has always taken a strong anti Second Amendment position. I think his actions were probably consistent with that. He made some changes which were largely anticipated. Not those specifically, but everyone had a feeling he would be doing something along these lines.”
State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Galesburg) said he was not surprised by the veto either, and he is disappointed by it.
“The house and senate spoke very strongly in support of this legislation for concealed-carry. The governor is being consistent from the stand point of his views,” Moffitt said. “He has advocated for a number of restrictions on guns.”
If the General Assembly overrides the veto by a super majority, 71 votes from the House and 36 in the Senate, then House Bill 183 becomes the law of the land. During the Assembly’s vote to pass the legislation initially, 89 voted yes in the House and 45 voted yes in the Senate.
Moffitt said if the bill does not become law by the July 9, then the state law will be constitutional carry, otherwise known as “Open Carry.”
“It puts us into gray areas,” Moffitt said.
The House bill put in place action for signage that would allow establishments to say “No Concealed Carry,” whereas, Moffitt said, Quinn’s veto put in place concealed-carry allowed on only private property with consent from owner.
State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) offered the following comments:
“Governor Pat Quinn’s veto ink is not even dry yet and it’s time for a legislative override. Once again Governor Quinn has showed a lack of leadership on an important issue affecting the citizens of Illinois, whether it's the pension crisis, reducing spending and now concealed-carry legislation, the Governor continues to make himself a persona non grata. Governor Quinn’s amendatory veto is likely unconstitutional and goes beyond the scope of his executive authority,” LaHood said.
“I hope that we can expedite a veto override and deliver the long-awaited, long denied right to carry to the 13 million residents of our state. We need to get House Bill 183 implemented, so the work on other state’s reciprocity and other issues can be made more favorable to firearm owners.”
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