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Illinois to Allow Concealed Carry

July 9, 2013

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's bid to use a veto to get a tougher concealed carry law appears to be losing with the House voting Tuesday to override his changes.

The state Senate was expected to vote later Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported. The upper house passed the original bill by 89 votes, 18 more than are required for an override.

The House vote was 77 to 31.

The bill, required when a federal court declared the state's ban on carrying concealed firearms unconstitutional, allows Illinois residents to carry them with a permit from state police. The agency has 180 days from when the bill becomes law to set up a permit system.

Quinn wants a bill that would limit permit holders to one concealed weapon and ban concealed weapons in places where alcohol is served. He also wants a limit on magazine size.

The bill that passed the legislature was a compromise. Critics, including some gun-control advocates, have accused Quinn of using the issue to boost his chances for re-election.

Quinn has appeared at black churches and with black leaders in Chicago to talk about his version of the law. At a meeting Monday, he urged lawmakers to "not genuflect before the National Rifle Association."

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Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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