A southern Illinois lawmaker who has been fighting for a conceal carry law for most of his 18 years in Springfield says it's time for the governor to sign the legislation.
State Representative Mike Bost of Murphysboro sent a letter to Governor Pat Quinn requesting he sign the conceal carry bill approved last week by lawmakers. The Murphysboro republican says the measure meets all second amendment requirements, allows for public safety and has some other specific qualifications that should be worthy of Governor Quinn's signature.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that threw out the state's conceal carry ban has given Illinois a 30-day extension to lift the ban. This will allow Governor Quinn more time to review the bill approved by the General Assembly. The new deadline is July 9th. If signed by the Governor, Illinois would become the 50th state in the nation to place some form of concealed carry law on the books.
The bill has reached Governor Pat Quinn's desk. A Quinn spokesperson says the governor is "reviewing it carefully." It includes a list of places where firearms would be prohibited, such as schools and parks. It allows communities to keep in place their own gun laws, although it modifies rules on transporting guns.