Illinois becomes 50th state to enact concealed carry law

Despite efforts by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn to gut the bill, the Illinois legislature overrode Quinn's amendatory veto and became the final state in the nation to approve conceal carry legislation. Associated Press: The Senate voted 41-17 in favor of the override Tuesday afternoon after the House voted 77-31, margins that met the three-fifths threshold needed to set aside the amendatory veto. Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time. Quinn had predicted a "showdown in Springfield" after a week of Chicago appearances to drum up support for the changes he made in the amendatory veto. The Chicago Democrat faces a tough re-election fight next year and has already drawn a primary challenge from former White House chief of state Bill Daley, who has criticized the governor's handling of the debate over guns and other issues. Rep. Brandon Phelps, a...(Read Full Post)