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Quinn stands by opposition to concealed carry

June 24, 2011 at 07:40 AM

The State Journal-Register

Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday he has no problem with Illinois being the only state where it’s illegal to carry a concealed weapon.

Quinn stood by his opposition to letting residents carry concealed guns - just days after lawmakers in neighboring Wisconsin passed a law to lift that state’s ban. Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was expected to sign it.

Quinn maintains most Illinois residents don’t approve of concealed weapons. He said public safety must come first.

“Unfortunately in too many places in Illinois there’s a violence epidemic and I believe that we need to address that. I do not believe that a law that would allow private individuals to carry loaded concealed weapons on their person in public places is the best way to deal with it,” he said.

The Chicago Democrat said he doubted the Democrat-controlled Illinois General Assembly would pass a bill allowing concealed weapons.

A measure to lift Illinois’ ban failed this spring in the Illinois House after weeks of rising optimism that it might pass. The 65-32 vote fell short of the 71 votes needed to pass. More than a majority vote was required because the bill would have restricted local communities’ regulatory power.

Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, predicted a major push by pro-gun organizations to build support for concealed carry. He complained that Chicago-based officials dominate the Illinois General Assembly, but Pearson said he isn’t giving up on passing the legislation.

“We’re going to make every effort to do that,” Pearson said.

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It will pass as soon as he’s out anyhow, so i dont see the point of him being a prick about it.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/24 at 10:19 AM

His argument about conceal carry contributing to the urban gang problem holds no water. It’s ridiculous really.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/24 at 01:25 PM

“Quinn stands by opposition” well that is a coincidence…......... We stand opposed to Quinn”

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/24 at 06:56 PM

What a joke… IL needs to get it together and vote these clowns out!!! Another prime example of why this IL native will not be moving back to IL when I retire from active duty, and thats sad!

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