After a year that saw much time devoted to the passage of gun legislation, it’s easy to imagine that next year will include more of the same. As the Illinois General Assembly finalized its concealed-carry bill by overriding the governor’s veto, work was already under way to change it.
“We’re going to be back here time after time after time,” State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) forecast, “chipping away at all the things that everyone has lauded as the great protections within this bill, and I’m hopeful that we can really get back to a place where we respect each other’s communities.” Cassidy lamented the absence of home rule on concealed-carry and the prevalence of one law for the whole state.
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A last-minute trailer bill that reinstated some of the governor’s changes, including whether places where guns are already not allowed would have to post a sign as such, failed, partly because that needed a 60 percent and not a simple majority vote.
Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) says some of the governor’s ideas merit a full airing and possible adoption. “For example, having more than one weapon on your body, concealed, is probably something that we can convince some folks to perhaps consider changing, so we can limit it to one,” he said. “This idea of restaurants having liquor and having guns – I’m concerned about potential abuses, by bars that, all of a sudden, become restaurants, by changing how they report their receipts.”
Gov. Pat Quinn wants guns prohibited anywhere that holds a liquor license, but the compromise that passed allows guns in establishments in which more than half the sales are food.