Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected today to announce a rewrite of legislation that would end Illinois' last-in-the-nation prohibition on gun owners carrying their weapons in public places, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Sources didn’t say how Quinn would modify the legislation, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly by overwhelmingly lopsided margins in May. The legislature still may override Quinn’s changes.
“It's a shame he is doing this on the week of the 4th [of July],” said Rep. Brandon Phelps, the measure’s chief sponsor. “He's living a double standard. He uses armed security guards for his protection but wants to make it harder for Illinoisans to protect themselves and their families. The gun deal that passed the legislature would have preserved local gun laws, including Chicago and Cook County's bans on assault weapons, and kept gun owners from carrying their loaded weapons on public trains and buses. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit struck down the state's prohibition against gun owners from taking their weapons in public places and gave the General Assembly 180 days to remedy the situation.