CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to change concealed carry legislation because it has "serious flaws" and was inspired by the National Rifle Association. The Chicago Democrat held a news conference in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to announce that he's using his amendatory veto power to add ammunition limits, bar guns in establishments serving alcohol and says local governments should be able to enact their own local laws in some cases. He spoke surrounded by nearly 100 anti-violence advocates, who cheered as he spoke. The crowd included young children and people who've lost family in shootings. Quinn says his "important, common sense changes" protect public safety. Quinn's other changes include more clarification on mental health reporting and stricter definition of "concealed carry," among other things.
State lawmakers who support the legislation are expected to attempt an override of Quinn's veto.
Local lawmakers expressed their disappointment of the governor's veto.
State Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, said he wasn't surprised by Quinn's course of action.
"He has ignored the will of the people, the courts and the General Assembly. I will work strenuously to see that the veto is overridden so Illinois, even though last to do so, will finally allow concealed carry."
State Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, also weighed in on the issue.
"We have one week to meet the court ordered deadline for the state of Illinois to have some form of concealed carry in place," she said in a statement issued by her office. "Gov. Quinn's actions today put that deadline in jeopardy. Instead of supporting a compromise proposal that was approved by the General Assembly, the Governor has instead chosen to play politics with an important public safety issue."