• Concealed carry issue again heating up; local lawmakers call on Quinn to sign bill

    by  • June 25, 2013 • News

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll decide on a concealed carry bill in a “very reasonable period of time” as the state faces a court-mandated deadline next month. CONCEAL CARRY

    Lawmakers have sent the Chicago democrat a bill that outlines rules for who can carry.

    Illinois has the nation’s last ban on concealed weapons in public. But a federal appeals court ruled it unconstitutional. Lawmakers have until July 9 to comply.

    Twenty-three senate democrats sent Quinn a letter last week urging him to make his intentions known soon. They’re worried they won’t have enough time to figure out next steps if he vetoes the bill.

    On Tuesday GOP state representatives Charlie Meier, of Okawville, and John Cavaletto, of Salem, called upon the governor to sign the concealed carry measure.

    Quinn told reporters Tuesday that it’s a very complex and long bill and he wants a thorough review.

    Several Illinois counties are refusing to uphold the state’s ban, but on Monday, the Chicago suburb of Highland Park passed a ban on assault weapons, to which Illinois Rifle Association second vice president Mike Weisman promised a lawsuit, saying one would “be filed without a doubt.”