Wednesday, Governor Pat Quinn's attempt to pass an assault weapons ban via veto maneuvers was soundly rejected by the Illinois Senate with a 46 to 4 vote. State Senator Dave Luechtefeld led the successful effort to override the Governor's veto. If passed in the House as well, SB 681 will become law as originally intended.
OKAWVILLE – In a win for gun owners and the sporting community in Illinois, State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) led an override of Governor Pat Quinn’s misguided attempt to ban
“Today is a good day for the Second Amendment in Illinois. We have scored a victory against
short-sighted Chicago anti-gun policies,” Luechtefeld said. “The Governor overstepped his reach when he decided to rewrite this Senate bill and impose an assault weapons ban without the measure first being heard by the legislature.”
Senate Bill 681 allows FOID card holders to mail-order ammunition purchases from in-state licensed firearm dealers. Ammunition purchases from out-of-state dealers are already allowed under the law.
Supported by the Illinois State Rifle Association and National Rifle Association, Senate Bill 681 does not preempt any portions of the FOID Card Act.
Luechtefeld’s override rejected the Governor’s changes to the bill – which would ban some weapons and certain ammunition magazines – and restore his original bill to help law-abiding gun owners purchase ammunition from in-state deals via mail order.