A state lawmaker says the governor’s repeated shots at the National Rifle Association as he announced a rewrite of conceal carry legislation was less about rhetoric and more about political pandering. Gov. Pat Quinn named the National Rifle Association multiple times during his news conference announcing an amendatory veto of a concealed carry bill approved by the legislature.
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He took jabs at lawmakers for allegedly taking marching orders from the NRA and even accused some of taking cues from out-of-state NRA lobbyists. But State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) says that’s not true, noting the NRA was not involved in closed-door sit-downs to discuss the bill. Phelps says the governor was simply pandering to Chicago and Cook County voters and says the governor’s amendatory veto was more about politics than it was about public safety.