BREAKING: Illinois Senate Overriders Governor’s Veto, Concealed Carry Finally Passes in Illinois!

July 9 2013
by GSL Staff
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390px-Pat_quinn_governor_of_illinoisThe Illinois State Senate has just voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s restrictive substitution to the concealed carry bill for the state of Illinois.

This makes Illinois the last state in the US to institute some form of legal firearm carry outside of the home. According to the Chicago Tribune, the State Senate voted to override the Governor’s veto with a vote of 41-17.

it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns however. Also according to the Tribune,

Senators, however, did approve a separate bill containing three minor changes that Quinn recommended.

The measure, awaiting a House vote, would require people stopped by law enforcement to immediately declare they were possessing a concealed firearm. It also would not require signage in most public places where firearms are prohibited, including schools, mass transit and government buildings. The bill also would require reporting of people adjudicated as mentally ill to the Illinois State Police, which is in charge of licensing concealed firearms.

The rest of the story from earlier today:

The Illinois House of Representatives has just voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s more restrictive version of their concealed carry bill which he put in place through his power of amendatory veto according to the Chicago Tribune.

The House voted 77-31 to override the veto and further paving the way for implementing a method of concealed carry in Illinois.

The measure will now go to the Senate for a final vote, expected later today, where it is expected to pass as well.

Governor Quinn tried to lobby for the passage of his significantly more restrictive version of the bill citing a weekend of extreme gun violence in the city of Chicago where over 70 people where shot over the holiday weekend.

Illinois is working on a court ordered deadline of today to implement some method of concealed carry. A federal court found that Illinois’s complete ban on carry outside of the home was a violation of the Constitution. Every other state currently has some option for carrying a firearm outside of the home.

The deadline was pushed back to today from an original deadline of early June.

It should be noted there are several things about the bill we don’t like including potentially expensive and time consuming training requirements, numerous off limits locations, and a gutted version of state preemption which was present in earlier versions of the bill. That said, residents of Illinois who cannot carry outside their homes at all will soon have at least some method of doing so.

According to the Chicago Tribune, there will still be some time before residents can begin carrying,

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.

The cost for the new concealed carry license would be $150 for five years for Illinois residents, under the legislation. Applicants also would have to complete 16 hours of firearms training, including classroom and range instruction, to qualify. The legislation gives the state police 60 days to license firearm instructors and training courses, which the agency said it will place on its website, www.isp.state.il.us.

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