Quinn Poised to "Amend" Gun Bill
- Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn intends to take action Tuesday on legislation that would allow guns to be carried in public, and he's widely expected to insert changes to the bill to try to put in place stricter regulations.
While Quinn would not say Monday what he plans to do with the concealed carry measure, sponsoring Rep. Brandon Phelps said the governor's office told him that Quinn would rewrite the proposal using his amendatory veto powers.
Quinn is a staunch gun-control advocate who has decried the federal appellate court decision that struck down Illinois' long-standing concealed carry ban. The ruling forced lawmakers to strike a compromise to set up rules on who can carry guns and where before a court-ordered deadline expired and left a lack of regulation on the books.
But the legislation lawmakers approved did not include a number of restrictions pushed by Quinn, including a statewide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. It's unclear what changes Quinn plans to make, but Phelps said he believed limiting the number of rounds that could be carried in a gun is at the top of the governor's list.
We fully expect Quinn to miss a bunch of stuff or misrepresent others to push Concealed Carry down the road. "High capacity" means "standard" in most semi-auto weaponry. Hunters need to be aware of certain language that could threaten their ability to hunt. We expect him to miss or ignore exceptions for police officers.
Gov. Potato Head is pandering to the anti-gunners in Chicago, meaning he's written off most of downstate next election, which is interesting seeing as how recent polls show Madigan and Daley encumbered with political baggage due to their relatives of the same last name.
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