Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Illinois Governor Issues Amendatory Veto on Concealed Carry Bill

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today issued an "amendatory veto" on Illinois HB 183, the state legislature's effort to provide for lawful concealed carrying of handguns, after the Seventh Circuit earlier this year ruled that Illinois's ban on concealed carry violated the Second Amendment.  

Governor Quinn's amendatory veto sends HB 183 back to the legislature, along with his recommended changes to the bill.  The legislature can override the veto as to the original HB 183 by a 3/5 vote in both houses; it can approve Governor Quinn's recommendations, however, by a bare majority in both houses.  If the legislature so approves, and if the Governor certifies that the approval meets his recommendations, the amendatory-vetoed-bill becomes law.  

Here's Article 9(e) of the state constitution:

The Governor may return a bill together with specific recommendations for change to the house in which it originated.  The bill shall be considered in the same manner as a vetoed bill but the specific recommendations may be accepted by a record vote of a majority of the members elected to each house.  Such bill shall be presented again to the Governor and if he certifies that such acceptance conforms to his specific recommendations, the bill shall become law.  If he does not so certify, he shall return it as a vetoed bill to the house in which it originated.

Governor Quinn objected to the very loose standards for concealed carry in HB 183.  In particular, the bill allows people to carry guns into establishments serving alcohol and into the workplace, and it contains no cap on the number of guns or the size or amount of ammunition clips that may be carried.  Governor Quinn also objected to the bill's override of local authority to ban assault weapons--a provision not required by the Seventh Circuit's ruling (which went only to concealed carry).

The Seventh Circuit gave the state until July 9 to write a concealed carry law.  According to the Chicago Tribune, "Quinn's move also raises the possibility that the General Assembly could fail to agree on either option and leave Illinois with a wide-open gun law that even sponsors of the concealed carry law have sought to avoid."

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