Jacobs statement on Quinn’s veto of Concealed Carry Bill

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

SPRINGFIELD –Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) reacts to Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of House Bill 183.

“I recently signed a letter with my colleagues asking Governor Pat Quinn to act on House Bill 183. I am disappointed in the governor’s action to veto the bipartisan concealed-carry measure passed by the General Assembly in May,” said Jacobs. “We need a concealed-carry law that applies to all gun owners equally, regardless of where you live.”

On Dec. 11, 2012, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons violated the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. The court issued a mandate stating Illinois had until June 9, 2013, to craft a new gun law allowing the carrying of guns in public. Attorney General Lisa Madigan successfully appealed to the court to provide Quinn an additional 30 days to review House Bill 183, giving him until July 9, to sign or veto the legislation. Lawmakers approved the measure on May 31, and it arrived in Quinn’s office on June 5.