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July 2, 2013

Quinn demands gun limits in concealed carry law

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CHICAGO — —

It's unclear what happens if the deadline passes without a concealed carry law. Some gun-rights advocates argue residents would be able to carry any type of weapon anywhere, but others believe local communities could enact their own ordinances.

In the Legislature, the heated debate broke down between more conservative lawmakers from outside Chicago who are focused on gun rights and more urban lawmakers worried about gang violence and killings.

Lawmakers balked the timing of Quinn's demands, just before the court deadline and around a month after they sent him the bill.

"I would hope that we quickly get this matter before the General Assembly and have an opportunity to override the veto, allowing the State Police to begin the conceal carry process for trained, law-abiding citizens," state Sen. Bill Haine, an Alton Democrat, said in a statement.

Senate President John Cullerton said there were issues worth discussing with his caucus, but that he would talk with House Speaker Michael Madigan about an override, spokeswoman Rikeesha Phelon said. Madigan's spokesman Steve Brown said lawmakers would be back in Springfield next week.

"It's too bad the governor wasn't engaged in the legislative session," Brown said. "Most of the provisions were pretty thoroughly debated in the House and Senate."

The governor's challenge was underscored this week when former White House chief of state Bill Daley, who's preparing a Democratic challenge to Quinn, received an endorsement from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun control supporter. In a video posted online late Monday, Bloomberg said Daley is "uniquely qualified to lead Illinois in these challenging times," and "will fight for common sense gun laws

Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan also is considering a run.

Quinn, a Chicago resident, has been an insistent advocate for gun control. Last year, he stripped an ammunition sales bill and replaced it with a proposed statewide assault weapons ban, but lawmakers rejected his attempt.

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