Several groups opposed to concealed carry of handguns gathered in front of Chicago’s Biograph Theater Thursday to make their message heard. Standing in front of the theater (pictured) where bank robber John Dillinger was shot by FBI agents in 1934, the anti-concealed carry groups called for the governor to issue an amendatory veto to the concealed carry bill that has been sent to his desk.
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“This is where John Dillinger was shot and four days after he was shot, the United States government, in an overwhelming response, established the first ever federal gun laws,” said Jennifer Jenkins, whose sister and brother-in-law and their unborn child where shot to death in Winnetka in 1990. She adds that theaters like the Biograph become dangerous with people are able to pack guns.
The groups are concerned that the concealed carry bill would not allow cities to ban concealed carry on their streets. The other concern is that under the bill, the responsibility is on homeowners and businesses to post signs or otherwise inform visitors that weapons aren’t welcome on their property. Lee Goodman of the Stop Concealed Carry Coalition says they have met with the governor and he understands their concerns. The bill passed by enough votes to override a veto.