The Illinois Senate has joined the House in overriding Gov. Quinn’s veto, on a 41-17 vote.
With no debate, the Illinois House today easily overrode Gov. Pat Quinn’s amendatory veto of the state’s pending concealed-carry law.
On a vote of 77-31, the chamber voted to override the tight restrictions Quinn attempted to write into the bill, and to put the original language into law.
The override measure now moves to the Senate, which is expected to pass it this afternoon.
Illinois is under orders from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to have a concealed-carry law in place by today. The court ruled that the state’s last-in-the-nation ban on concealed carry is unconstitutional.
After months of negotiations, the Democrat-controlled Legislature sent a concealed-carry bill to Quinn in May for his signature. But Quinn, a vocal opponent of concealed carry, instead used Illinois’ unusual “amendatory veto” provision last week to write extensive new proposed restrictions into the bill.