Quinn's Veto "Ridiculous" to Stateline Lawmakers

ROCKFORD, Ill.--Following Governor Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of House Bill 183, state lawmakers were angry that the hardwork both chambers put into passing the controversial bill didn't hold up in the eyes of the governor.


"It's ridiculous," Republican State Representative John Cabello said. "I didn't think it was possible, but the most unpopular governor in the United States just got more unpopular."


"This is going to do nothing to prevent crime from occurring," said Republican State Senator Dave Syverson


One by one, Quinn added provisions starting with liquor license legislation by saying "guns and alcohol don't mix."


Stateline lawmakers argue that it's missing the point


"You already have a law on the books that says you can't be intoxicated and carry," said Syverson. "So we're talking about family restaurants that may be serving alcohol."


Cabello questions what the motive is from the Governor's office.


"He's taking public safety the wrong direction," said Cabello. "He's not doing this in the interest of public safety, in my opinion he's doing this in the interest of the criminals."


"His changes do nothing to stop a crazed individual who was bent on creating havoc, stealing guns, or using multiple weapons to commit crime," said Syverson.

The changes for State Representative Joe Sosnowski would "essentially gut" the bill in his eyes.

"The governor's flawed language would create a patchwork of confusing and overly restrictive laws that would only obstruct concealed carry rights for law-abiding Illinois residents," Sosnowski said in a news release.


If the message from Quinn was to pass legislation that makes sense in his eyes, Cabello says...


"We did."

Cabello says he plans on again refusing his salary for the special session.

The deadline to have a concealed carry law on the books is July 9th.

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