• As predicted, Quinn veto guts concealed carry bill

    by  • July 2, 2013 • News

    As we reported Monday night and early Tuesday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday afternoon an amendatory veto of the concealed carry measure legislators submitted to him in may.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    As we cited National Rifle Association Todd Vandermyde as predicting, Quinn announced at the Thompson Center in Chicago, several changes to the bill including limiting individuals to carrying a single handgun with a single magazine and no more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

    Quinn’s version will also remove completely the assault weapon ban preemption, thereby restoring home rule authority to enact an assault weapons ban without limitation.

    As anticipated, Quinn changed the definition to where the handgun must be completely concealed as opposed to concealed or mostly concealed, says Vandermyde.

    Firearms would be prohibited in places that serve alcohol, with the exception of private clubs and homes, which Vandermyde says would nullify the restaurant, carry provisions of the existing bill.

    Quinn’s version of the bill, inverts the no carry posting to make carry permissible only in places that post it is OK to carry a concealed firearm and would prohibit concealed carry in locations that do not post.

    Employers in Quinn’s proposal would be allowed to ban employees from bringing firearms on their property, and negate the safe harbor provisions that would have allowed employees to store their weapons in their trunk while parked on the property.

    If lawmakers approve, licensees will be required to lock their firearm in a case before exiting the vehicle when parked in a prohibited location and prohibits the licensee from carrying the firearm outside of the car into a prohibited parking area for any purpose.

    In the General Assembly approved measure, a licensee can carry an unloaded firearm in the immediate area surrounding the car in order to store it or retrieve it from the trunk. The AV would remove this part of the “safe harbor” provision.

    Quinn’s version also provides that law enforcement and school officials reporting clear & present danger need only to report directly to law enforcement, rather than to DHS and would allow certain, non-confidential information to be disclosed under FOIA and the Open Meetings Act.

    Vandermyde says he expects the legislature will override Quinn’s veto when they return to the capitol July 8 or 9.

    Illinois faces a July 9th deadline to legalize the carry of concealed weapons.