Illinois Gov. Vows To Veto Conceal and Carry

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is showing, once again, that it is possible to have a nuanced understanding of public safety issues and hold elected office.  First he helped eradicate capital punishment in the state.  Now he’s promised to veto a conceal and carry bill should it pass despite enormous pressure from gun rights supporters.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Gov. Quinn displayed a healthy skepticism of the claim that arming citizens keeps gun violence down.  “The concept of concealed, loaded hand guns in the possession of private citizens does not enhance public safety.  On the contrary it increases danger for everyday people as they go about their lives.

On this move Quinn appears to have the backing of law enforcement.  In April, a group of Chicago police officers traveled to the capital Springfield to oppose the measure, saying that flaws in the gun permit system would only be enhanced by allowing people to carry concealed firearms.

But Illinois Democrats are not united with Quinn on this.  Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps, who is also a sponsor of the bill vowed to move forward with the bill regardless of the veto threat.  As of now it does not look like sponsors of the bill have enough votes to override the governor’s veto.

Gov. Quinn should be applauded for his leadership on this issue and for not being afraid to take a little heat in the process.  At a time when the country is bitterly divided and still hanging by a thread, these types of values legislation do nothing but waste time and distract from the real tasks at hand.


photo courtesy of Gideon Tsang via Flickr


John Doe
james rico5 years ago

this is good as the common person will have a fighting chance to defend himself instead of only the elite and well connected that have the money to protect themselves. this is only fair

Tammy D.
Tammy D.5 years ago

the idea that it is a right to carry a concealed weapon is downright idiotic. no wonder why there are so many shootings. I grew up around hand guns, rifles and shotguns. I was taught to respect them and how to use them. Unfortunately, most people did not receive this same education. Most people feel that simply having a firearm will protect them. This is absolutely false. Until there are proper laws in place that filter out idiots from owning and using (and losing) guns, I feel that no one should be allowed to own them.

It's good to see a governor stand up on this issue. Next, I'd like to see someone point out exactly how people have a constitutional right to own hand guns. Somehow, I don't think that is exactly what the country's founders had in mind.

Better World
Raheel Chaudhry5 years ago

What is a bigger concern? a) criminals have guns or b) the citizens have guns?

You take away guns from citizens, guess who is the only one standing with a gun then?

I'm not pro this or pro that. I'm pro constitution. Look at the big picture people. There is a reason why this country got to this point and it was not by banning guns or wrapping ourselves with other false security blankets. It was with real sweat and blood and sacrifice.

Only in times of crisis do people see the real truth. Do we really need another crisis (like a civil war) before we will realize that yes the writers of our constitution knew what they were saying? Can't we learn without putting ourselves through that?

ruth a.
ruth a.5 years ago

While the Chicago police might be against the bill, I bet it is being funded by the NRA, which means we (those against the bill) don't stand a chance. Sigh!

Lynn C.
Lynn C.5 years ago

Wow! Would he be interested in a short term job - 4 maybe , 8 years, large White House provided? A honest, caring and smart man is a politician? Almost doesn't seem possible.....

Fred Urbasek
Past Member 5 years ago

Karen & Edward, As far as I know IL. is still a blue state because I live there. Chicago is totally Dems. The state has a repug. She is the Treasurer. The legislature and senate are controlled by Dems.
The Gov. is a Dem. However things could change because the southern part of the state is as red as an apple.

Susan S.
Susan S.5 years ago

Elizabeth K. says May 5, 2011 4:15 PM:
Susan S.
the story that you linked to was debunked almost immediately.
do your own homework

Elizabeth, did you watch the video, IN HIS OWN WORDS explaining what happened?? Evidently not. He was on CNN saying the same thing. How was his OWN WORDS debunked?? He did NOT brandish his weapon. He did NOT point it at a policeman or anyone else. He handled the situation exactly like he should have. Where is your link (proof) he drew his gun and he pointed his weapon at a policeman?? If that would have happened he would have been arrested (or shot by the policeman) on the spot. Get your head out of the sand, do YOUR homework, and stop spreading lies.

Elizabeth said: So an unarmed grandmother took the shooter down. Makes all the gun-toten machos look like woosies.

Yes, Loughtner was already on the ground when guy with the concealed gun arrived on scene. How does that make "all the gun-toten machos look like woosies"?? As far as we know, the ONLY person who had a gun got there AFTER Loughtner was on the ground. (He was running TOWARDS the gunfire, not away from it.) Nobody else there had a gun, so what "gun toting woosies" are you talking about??? (I will agree that Patricia Maisch is a hero)

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K.5 years ago

Susan S.

"Patricia Maisch looks like a grandmother, but she is being hailed as a hero today for helping to stop alleged Tucson shooter Jared Loughner by wrestling away a fresh magazine of bullets as he tried to reload.

Maisch, 61, effectively disarmed the shooter as several men pounced on him and threw him to ground. As they struggled to hold him down, Maisch joined the scrum on the ground, clinging to the gunman's ankles. "

So an unarmed grandmother took the shooter down. Makes all the gun-toten machos look like woosies.

Elizabeth K.
Elizabeth K.5 years ago

Susan S.

the story that you linked to was debunked almost immediately.

do your own homework

Wayne M.
Wayne M.5 years ago

Allowing a person to carry concealed weapons only helps lawbreakers do their work. Most law-abiding people who think they can handle a weapon would not know how to handle a sudden crisis or confrontation with a criminal and may put themselves in more danger rather than less. It is time America stops its worship of guns and realizes there are people who need to be denied the PRIVILEGE of owning a gun. Good for Governor Quinn.