Gov. Pat Quinn hopes that lawmakers drafting concealed carry legislation include provisions to allow certain cities and towns the right to ban the carrying of weapons in venues of their choice. Quinn says he is not for concealed carry but understands a court has mandated that the state draft such legislation. He says there should be a provision within the legislation that gives some individual towns and cities rights on where concealed carry is inappropriate.
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“I do think there should be a local option where a home rule community can make rules that fit its needs for safety,” Quinn said. Quinn acknowledges that the court did say there can be reasonable limits on concealed carry. State lawmakers could choose to ban concealed carry in churches, malls, schools, mass transit and a number of other places where there are crowds of people. Lawmakers have until June 8th to enact concealed carry legislation.