Quinn's Changes to Concealed Carry



Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power last Tuesday to change concealed-carry gun legislation that a federal appeals court says Illinois must adopt by July 9. Quinn's changes need to be approved by the Legislature, which spent months negotiating the original compromise bill. A number of lawmakers have vowed to override Quinn and reject the new provisions.
 
Here is what Quinn wants to change:
 
— ALCOHOL: Guns would be banned from any business where alcohol is served. The legislation currently would bar guns from restaurants where liquor sales make up 50 percent or more of gross sales.
 
— LOCAL LAWS: Local communities would be able to create their own laws limiting assault weapons.
 
— SIGNAGE: A person wouldn't be allowed to carry a concealed gun into a business, church or other private property unless the owner displays a sign giving them express permission.
 
— AT WORK: Employers would be able to enact policies prohibiting workers from carrying concealed weapons on the job or on job-related duties.
 
— GUNS AND AMMO: Licensed gun owners would only be allowed to carry a single concealed gun and one ammunition clip holding up to 10 rounds.
 
— MENTAL HEALTH: More clarification would be required to assure that Illinois State Police get mental health records to determine whether a permit applicant could be a threat to themselves or others.
 
— VISIBILITY: The definition of "concealed firearm" would be clarified to remove language that allows people to carry "mostly concealed" weapons. Quinn wants guns completely concealed.
 
— OPEN RECORDS: A Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board would have to follow state open records laws and notify the public about its meetings.
 
— ALERTING AUTHORITIES: People who have a concealed firearm would immediately have to tell police and public safety officials they're carrying a gun.

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