Alton State Representative Dan Beiser is joining the chorus of lawmakers from around the state calling for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to sign a proposed conceal carry bill into law. Lawmakers passed the measure on the final day of session and Governor Quinn has until July 9th to make a decision on the matter.
Beiser says it looks like Quinn will take the full sixty days granted to him to review the bill and that he could create a bigger mess if he doesn't make a decision by the deadline.
Beiser says the measure passed by the legislature reflects the what the people of Illinois want and that the Governor should not ignore the will of the people.
In th meantime, residents in several counties, including Madison, will be able to carry a concealed weapon without the fear of prosecution from their local state's attorneys office, as long as they are carrying for defense and have a valid FOID card. However, the Illinois State Police maintain that conceal carry is illegal and that they will still arrest anyone carrying a concealed weapon. Beiser recommends erring on the side of caution and not carrying a weapon until a law is placed on the books.