Hours before a court-imposed deadline, Illinois has become the last state in the union to allow citizens to carry a concealed weapon, at least under some circumstances. Seventy-seven representatives and 45 senators – more than enough by six and nine, respectively – agreed to override the governor’s amendatory veto of concealed-carry legislation.
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Lawmakers criticized the governor for being absent from the process, then dropping his ideas on them with little time to examine or debate them.
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In fact, lawmakers are already preparing to enact some of those ideas, and will continue to do so in separate bills next year. A federal court in December ruled the state’s outright ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional.