The Illinois House of Representatives has blocked Democratic Governor Pat Quinn’s attempt at effectively vetoing a bill providing for the issuing of concealed carry permits, making the State the last in the U.S. to allow its residents to concealed carry a loaded firearm.
The override came on the last day of a court-mandated timeline to change the law, following a Federal appeals court’s earlier ruling that found the State’s longstanding ban on concealed carry unConstitutional.
Quinn had sought to eviscerate the bill by means of an amendatory veto process, but was roundly defeated Tuesday on a vote in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. Even fellow Democrats accused the Governor of pandering to his liberal voter base in defiance of a court order.
“I think he needs to learn how to count,” Senator Mike Jacobs, a Democrat, told the Chicago Tribune. “Anyone who doesn’t understand that we’re going to run this bill over his objections doesn’t understand government.”
The 2nd Amendment victory still leaves Illinois far from leading the States in upholding citizens’ rights to keep and bear arms. The law requires motorists to immediately inform police at a traffic stop if they’re carrying a concealed weapon, and the $150 concealed carry permits will have to be renewed every five years. There’s no reciprocity provision for visitors from other concealed carry States.
But the override is, according to 2nd Amendment blog The Truth About Guns, “a huge step forward, particularly for the downstate population who’s chafed under the iron-fisted control of Chicago for decades.”