Gov. Quinn Calls For Changes To Conceal & Carry Bill

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SPRINGFIELD, IL (KTVI)--Illinois Governor Pat Quinn moved to toughen restrictions on the state's conceal and carry law Tuesday.  Quinn issued nine changes to the legislation in an amendatory veto.  He called the legislation a "public safety hazard" without the changes.

Quinn said conceal and carry permit holders should be limited to carrying one concealed gun and one magazine of no more than ten bullets.

Another of his provisions would keep anyone from bringing a concealed gun into an establishment that sells liquor.

Critics say that defeats the purpose of having conceal and carry.  One gun owner, a customer of Metro Shooting Supplies in Belleville said "We should be able to be at  least as well armed as the people that are trying to rob us or take our stuff."

Amy King, Co-owner of Metro Shooting said the biggest problem is limiting the amount of ammunition and magazines a person can carry.  "That essentially guts the whole purpose of the bill which is if the bad guys know what the good guys are gonna have you take away that advantage, the whole point of having a conceal-carry law."

Democratic leaders expect Quinn's amendatory veto to be overridden.  Illinois state Senator Bill Haine (D) Alton, said Quinn was misusing the amendatory veto which is designed for technical problems and legislation that conflicts with an existing law and could cause confusion.  "If he wants to make changes, he must submit them in a new bill that could be considered during the veto session," Haine said.  Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has called the House back to work on Tuesday July 9 at 11am.  A three-fifths vote is needed to override the veto in both the House and Senate.

Conceal and carry has been a bi-partisan issue with Democrats and Republicans lining up on one side or the other primariy based on geography.  Downstate Illinois is overwhelmingly pro conceal and carry.  While Chicago and some of its suburbs hold the opposite view.

Illinois is the only state in the union to bar conceal and carry permits.  A federal court ordered the state to put in place a conceal and carry law  within 180 days.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan won an extension until July 9 to give the governor time to review the legislation after lawmakers worked up to the deadline in June.

For more information from Governor Quinn go to www.KeepIllinoisSafe.org
The National Rifle Association and http://www.illinoiscarry.com/ promote conceal and carry legislation.

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