State legislators are pleased with the veto override Tuesday and quickly voiced their comments regarding the concealed-carry legislation.
“The Illinois General Assembly reaffirmed the Second Amendment and supported 13 million citizens’ basic right to self defense. I am pleased that we overrode Governor Quinn’s veto and it’s time to move forward with the implementation of House Bill 183,” said State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet). “Democrats and Republicans joined together to add Illinois to the 49 other states in the Union with some form of concealed-carry provisions. For too long, our state has suffered without a basic recognition of one’s true Second Amendment rights and we are now reversing that injustice.”
State Representatives Adam Brown (R-Champaign) and Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) co-sponsored House Bill 183, which creates the Firearm Concealed Carry Act and establishes statewide standards for the issuance of licenses to carry concealed firearms in Illinois.
“Today’s (Tuesday’s) action guarantees the rights of citizens to defend themselves against violent criminals,” Rep. Brown said Tuesday. “Downstate legislators stood up to the Chicago politicians and demanded that our constitutional rights be upheld. I’m pleased that the General Assembly took action to override Governor Quinn’s anti-gun veto. We will finally join the 49 other states that allow concealed carry.”
“The courts have repeatedly reaffirmed our Second Amendment rights,” Rep. Mitchell said. “If 49 other states can have responsible concealed carry laws, so can Illinois. People should have the right to defend their families and their property from criminals, but under existing law, the criminals are the only ones with guns. Finally, law-abiding citizens will be able to protect themselves. This is an historic moment for the people of Illinois.”
On June 24, Shelby County joined a handful of counties in the state who issued a statement in support of concealed carry. The statement stated that local law enforcement and the State’s Attorney would not prosecute anyone who can legally possess a firearm carried in a concealed manner in Shelby County.
“We’ve agreed to keep the policy in place until 2015 to give people time to get the training and permits for concealed carry,” said Shelby County Sheriff Michael Miller. “With our policy you can carry with a FOID (Firearm Operators Identification) card.”
“Gina (State’s Attorney Gina Vonderheide) will not file charges for concealed carry only. However, If a firearm is used in the commission of a crime a person can be prosecuted. It will all be on a case by case basis,” MIller said.
Miller will be holding town hall meetings to explain the new law and the county’s stand on concealed carry over the next several weeks. A town hall meeting will be held in Moweaqua at the Lions Club building August 8 at 7 p.m. Other dates and times will be announced.