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Local Legislators Prefer Governor’s Conceal Carry Plan

Morrison, Nekritz and Drury would rather see General Assembly adopt Quinn’s changes than keep bill colleagues passed.

State Sen. Julie Morrison (right) and state Rep. Scott Drury enjoy a laugh together at an event last summer. Photo by Steve Handwerker.
State Sen. Julie Morrison (right) and state Rep. Scott Drury enjoy a laugh together at an event last summer. Photo by Steve Handwerker.

Local members of the Illinois General Assembly like what they see in Gov. Patrick Quinn’s proposed changes to the conceal carry law passed by the legislature May 31 as they prepare to deal with the governor’s amendatory veto when they reconvene Tuesday in Springfield.

State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), state Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) and state Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) approve of many of the changes Quinn has made to a bill they all voted against.

“This is a move in the right direction but it is still not perfect,” Drury said. “You can’t let perfection be the enemy of the good.”

The bill, which restricts the ability of home rule municipalities like Deerfield, Lake Forest, Highland Park, Northbrook and Buffalo Grove to regulate assault weapons, touched off a rash of action by local governments since early June.

Deerfield passed an ordinance July 1 regulating storage of assault weapons and Highland Park banned them the week beforeLake Forest began discussion July 1 and will continue it with a possible vote on a measure similar to Deerfield’s July 15.

Buffalo Grove considered a ban modeled on Cook County's legislation for the two-thirds of the Village located in Lake County at its June 17 meeting. No vote was taken at the time but the Village Board is likely to consider action July 15.

The governor’s changes to the legislation, if the legislature accepts them, will restore normal local control to home rule jurisdictions. That outcome has a number of stumbling blocks before it.

Since the legislation originated in the state House of Representatives, the bill’s sponsor can decide whether to seek an override of the veto or vote on Quinn’s proposals, according to Nekritz. “He (the sponsor) said he will go for an override so I won’t get to vote on it,” she said explaining her vote will not change.

Sixty percent of the members of the House and State Senate must vote to override Quinn’s veto to make the legislation law without the governor’s signature, according to Drury. The law passed both chambers by more than that.

When asked what she liked about the governor’s changes, Morrison put restoration of unlimited home rule rights at the top of her list.

“It restores local jurisdiction,” she said. “This is much better when it comes to guns and alcohol. (Keeping guns out of) establishments that serve alcohol is really important,” she added praising Quinn’s wish to put further restrictions on allowing firearms in places where drinks are served.

If nothing happens by the end of the day Tuesday, Illinois will have no conceal carry law and will be in violation of a federal court order requiring one to be on the books by then. “If we go beyond July 9 it will be the wild west,” she said.

Drury conceded some interpretations of a failure of the General Assembly to act altogether could allow open carrying of guns. He did not offer than opinion. He would prefer the law Illinois enacts be the one proposed by Quinn rather than the one passed by the legislature.

“We need a sensible law that keeps our community safe,” Drury said. “I don’t believe this bill does that. I think the governor’s amendatory veto comes a lot closer to doing that.”

Carol Kraines July 06, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I commend Scott Drury and Julie Morrison for supporting our courageous governor's modificiations to the concealed carry law. They make sense and they keep us safer. It's just too bad that we have to have concealed carry at all, except, of course, for law enforcement.
RonnieTheLimoDriver July 06, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Wow that is the first time I have heard courageous and our governor in the same sentence. If he was so courageous, why wasn't he part of leading the dialog on concealed carry when it was in the legislature? Chicago had a complete ban on handguns for many years. How safe did that make you?
Dan Cox July 06, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Carol Kraines, You commend the people who mis-led you into believing...1. Cook County AWB upheld, WRONG! Wilson v. Cook County is going to Trial in the near future. 2. 49 States have Concealed Carry and many have Open Carry. 3. How did you go from being a part of the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave... to... The Land of the Oppressed and Home of the Fearful.
Baba Booey July 06, 2013 at 11:20 PM
"Courageous Governor"?? This Governor's leadership is leading us right down the proverbial toilet. Illinois is insolvent!! And what does Quinn do? He calls the legislature back in session demanding action on pension reform on July 8th - full well knowing that they won't be able to because of his silly amendatory veto. A veto which was done before the cameras for the purpose of pandering to Chicago! (and I should note, even his own political party despises him). So, instead of pension reform, they will waste their time to overwhelmingly override his veto. Great use of resources. And have you looked at the laws Drury has been a sponsor of? He offered up legislation that the Illinois Office of Management and Budget estimated would result in an increase of 3,860 inmates, with additional costs of almost a BILLION dollars. So, he ignores the pension crisis and, instead, proposed to spend, spend, spend... So while an assault weapons ban in Deerfield or HP might prevent those in those towns from possessing them, how effective will that be when someone from the other side of lake-cook road can own one? http://news.yahoo.com/illinois-bad-credit-costing-taxpayers-071558879.html http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-illinois-credit-rating-sinks-to-worst-in-nation-20130125,0,529313.story
Dan Cox July 07, 2013 at 06:52 AM
Gov. Quinn, is the fall-guy for the Pension Crisis, he did not create it, but he has not been able to do anything about it either. He was Gov. Blago's Lt. Governor, need I say more? He is like the rest of the Chicago Clowns, only interested in what is best for themselves and their cronies in Cook County. Bill 183, will be Passed by Super-Majority and the Veto by Quinn... will go Bye-Bye.

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