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Governor Quinn explains concealed carry changes


Just a few days after he issued an amendatory veto of the concealed carry bill, Governor Quinn is explaining his reasoning. Not everyone is happy with the changes.

“I have a lot of Illinois people who come over to get the Utah non-resident permit that allows them to carry in surrounding states,” said Darin Oberhart, owner of QCI Firearms Training in Bettendorf.

Those customers could soon be allowed to carry in their own state. But the how, when, and where is still up in the air.

“We want to keep people safe. We want to keep Illinois safe,” said Governor Pat Quinn at a press conference in Chicago on Friday.

On Tuesday, Governor Quinn issued an amendatory veto of the concealed carry bill,saying the bill was flawed with serious safety problems.

“Guns and alcohol don’t mix,” said Governor Quinn.

On Friday, he addressed specific changes he was making.  A big one, not allowing concealed guns into any establishment with a liquor license.

“I think the people of Illinois know very well that when you have guns mixed with alcohol in a bar or restaurant, that’s a prescription for disaster,” said Quinn.

“In Iowa you can lawfully carry a fire arm in a drinking establishment, just as long as you don’t become intoxicated, just like with a car and it works fine here,” said Oberhart.

Governor Quinn also wants to place a limit on the number of concealed weapons a person can carry to one, allowing one ammunition magazine with no more than ten bullets.

“Very frequently it’s not like you see on TV when you get shot one time and you go down or the bad go guys down after one shot. There may be a need to carry more ammunition,” said Oberhart.

And while there may be disagreements over the specifics of the bill, both sides agree, something just needs to get done.

“All of the changes are common sense and I think they should be adopted as a package,” said Governor Quinn.

“Getting it passed, getting it into place, and giving the people the right to carry legally to defend themselves and their family is really imperative,” said Oberhart.

Lawmakers can override the Governor’s changes if they have enough votes. Tuesday is the deadline to have the new law on the books.

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