Illinois today became the 50th state to allow concealed carry of firearms. Lawmakers have overridden the line-item vetoes of hapless Governor Pat Quinn (D-Chicago).
Last fall, a federal judge ordered Illinois to enact a concealed carry law by July 9, in compliance with the Second Amendment, or have Constitutional Carry. Lawmakers worked for several months to craft a bill gun-hating Chicago Democrats could live with. In the closing hours of the legislative session, the final bill passed both houses of the legislature with overwhelming majorities.
On July 2, Quinn issued a series of line-item vetoes to House Bill 183:
- Banned carrying guns into establishments serving alcohol, including most family restaurants
- Gave home-rule governments authority enact future laws on "assault weapons"
- Flipped the Sign: banned carry onto private property unless given express permission.
- Allowed employers to create gun-free zones
- Limited carry to one concealed gun and one "ammunition clip" of no more than 10 rounds.
- Redefined “Concealed” to mean completely concealed from public view.
- Illinois has an Open Meetings Act, requiring all public boards (with which the state is replete) to meet only in public. HB 183 exempts the meetings and records of the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board from the Open Meetings Act and FOIA. Quinn wanted leftist groups and to be able to publicly identify concealed carry permit holders (allowing criminals to know who did not have a permit).
- Immediate disclosure to police when a permit holder is in possession of a concealed firearm.
As State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) wrote:
House Bill 183 passed with strong legislative support, and though it may not be the perfect bill, lawmakers from both parties worked together for months to negotiate a concealed carry measure to allow law-abiding Illinois citizens to exercise their constitutionally-protected right to carry. Instead of participating in that discussion, Governor Quinn waited until the last minute to rewrite the bill in an effort to impose his gun control agenda in a style reminiscent of his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich.
Lawmakers having rejected the Governor's changes, House Bill 183 immediate became law and Illinois residents now join the citizens in the 49 other states who are allowed to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.
Sign me up.