Gov. Pat Quinn said today that cities and towns across Illinois should have the power to impose their own restrictions on any legislation lawmakers end up approving to allow citizens to carry guns in public.
Quinn’s comments come as lawmakers face a June 9 deadline to craft a concealed carry bill after a federal appeals court ruled in December that Illinois’ longtime ban was unconstitutional.
The Democratic governor has long been opposed to letting people carry handguns outside the home, but said the state must begrudgingly comply with the court’s order. But Quinn argues there’s room to put in place tough restrictions, including allowing cities such as Chicago to implement strict regulations that go beyond what lawmakers may put in place.
He doesn’t quite understand what he’s proposing has been ruled illegal.
“I am not excited about this at all,” Quinn said about implementing concealed carry. “If this has to happen, it has to have the proper restrictions and limitations… I think we should make sure it’s very tight and I think local communities, wherever they are, should have the option to make it as tight as possible in their community.”
Using his logic, every municipality around the nation should have the right to decide how to enforce any new gun control laws the Democrats in Washington come up with. Sounds like a plan.
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