(AP) Lawmakers are being called back to Springfield to consider Governor Pat Quinn's proposed changes on a concealed carry bill.
House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown said Tuesday the House will convene in regular session July 9. Senate President John Cullerton's spokeswoman says senators will join them.
That's the day Illinois must meet a court-mandated deadline to legalize concealed carry. Quinn used his amendatory veto power Tuesday to make significant changes.
But the bill's sponsor intends to call for an override. Brown says House members should be prepared to be in Springfield for more than one day, maybe two
(AP) Governor Pat Quinn is changing legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns to cap the number of firearms and ammunition that can be carried and to ban guns from any establishment where alcohol is served.
The Democratic governor is using his amendatory veto power to tweak the legislation sent to him after months of debate and negotiation over the measure. A federal appeals court ruled in December that it was unconstitutional for Illinois to ban the public possession of concealed firearms and gave it until July 9 to comply.
Quinn says he never agreed with the court's ruling and the bill lawmakers sent him is flawed and needs changes.
The legislation permits qualified gun owners who pass background checks and undergo 16 hours of training to get permits for $150.
(AP) Governor Pat Quinn is finally going to give lawmakers what they've been asking for: a decision on legislation to allow the concealed carry of weapons in Illinois.
The bill's sponsor says the governor's office informed him that Quinn will use his amendatory veto powers Tuesday to rewrite the measure.
The bill requires the same rules statewide. Quinn has advocated allowing larger cities to adopt their own restrictions but has given few hints about what he'll do.
Lawmakers had asked him to make a decision quickly so they can plan their next steps.
Illinois has the nation's last ban on concealed carry, which a federal appeals court says is unconstitutional. The court gave the state until July 9 to legalize the practice.
Any changes Quinn makes could face an override threat.
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