The Illinois House has voted to override Governor Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto to HB 183, a law passed by both houses in May, which would give Illinois residents their constitutional right to carry a concealed firearm. The override to Quinn’s more restrictive amendments to the bill, passed with six votes more than needed, by a margin of 77-31.
The bill will now move to the Illinois Senate, where an override to Quinn’s veto is also expected to pass with more votes than necessary.
After being given six months plus a 30 day extension by a federal court to pass a law allowing Illinois residents to carry a concealed firearm, Governor Pat Quinn issued the amendatory veto late last week.
Today marks the July 9 deadline, issued by the federal court, for Illinois to pass the conceal and carry law. Illinois is currently the only state in the country whose citizens don’t have the right to carry a concealed firearm.
If the Senate overrides the veto, and Governor Quinn fails to sign a bill into law by the end of the day, Illinois will have no law on the books restricting the carrying of any legally owned firearm, concealed or open, and therefore residents of Illinois will have full constitutional carry.