State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement after voting to override the governor’s amendatory veto of legislation establishing a statewide concealed-carry framework:
I agree with the governor’s recommended changes; in fact, they are provisions I included in the concealed-carry plan I introduced. However, with the stay on the Seventh Circuit’s injunction due to be lifted tonight and with House members’ decisive rejection of the governor’s recommendations, a vote against overriding the veto would have been a vote to allow unrestricted carry, beginning at 12:01 a.m.
Bright and early tomorrow morning, if we had left no law in place, an individual would have been legally entitled to walk into a daycare center or onto a crowded playground, openly armed and severely intoxicated. Today’s vote guarantees we will take a more responsible path. Since these negotiations began, a deep concern for public safety has motivated me; today is no exception. To jeopardize the safety of children, families and communities for the sake of making a point is irresponsible in the extreme.
I am encouraged that the Senate approved some clarifications to the concealed-carry law in a separate piece of legislation today. As concealed carry is implemented, I personally commit to revisiting our gun laws as needed to protect the public, and I am confident my colleagues will join me.