WASHINGTON — Illinois’ war on guns continues as the unpopular Illinois governor, Pat Quinn, took out parts of the most recent concealed carry bill.
Reuters reports that Quinn took out parts of the bill that allowed citizens to carry more than one firearm, carry firearms into public places where alcohol is served and carry a partially exposed firearm.
Quinn has a 55% job disapproval rating (second-worst among incumbents in the country) for his handling of Illinois’ economic woes and failing to push his Democratic Party-dominate legislature to push pension reform, which could push Illinois into fiscal disarray.
Some of the word choice within the article is questionable, with Reuters stating that Quinn’s veto was done while he was “flanked by parents of gun violence victims” to paint a sympathetic picture for the reader. Quinn officially said that the concealed carry bill is “flawed” and has “serious safety problems that must be addressed”.
It seems this veto will not last long, with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton (who are both Democrats) threatening to override Quinn’s veto. The issue has divided the Democrats, who have the majority in the legislature, over urban and rural lines.
Most urban Democrats want stricter gun laws while the rural Democrats want more respect for the Second Amendment in Illinois law. It is interesting to note that Madigan and Cullerton represent urban districts, yet want to override Quinn’s veto.
Reuters warned that “if the proposal becomes law it would be a victory for the National Rifle Association, a powerful lobby for gun owners.” Yet, Reuters fails to mention how Chicago, a strict gun control city, has one of the highest crime rates in the country with 506 murders happening in the first four months of 2013 (and is up from 433 in 2011).
The article does recover and states how Illinois had banned state residents from carrying a concealed gun in public, which was struck down by a federal appeals court. As a result, the state had a six-month timeline to rewrite the law in order to protect their residents’ Constitutional right to bear arms.