SPRINGFIELD - State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) offered the following comments on July 2, after Governor Pat Quinn issued an amendatory veto of House Bill 183, the long-debated legislative measure to allow Illinoisans the right to carry concealed-carry firearms.
"It is more than a little ironic that Governor Quinn chose this week that we are celebrating the birth of democracy in our nation and freedom from tyranny to issue this veto. In issuing this veto he is overruling the clear will of the people of Illinois as evidenced by the bi-partisan, supermajority of votes in the democratically elected legislature,” Rose said. “I am confident that we will return to override his veto shortly in the same bi-partisan fashion as originally passed HB 183. The Governor missed a perfect opportunity to appeal to all of Illinois instead of pandering to a narrow base of Democrat party primary voters in advance of his upcoming primary for Governor."