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Government State

Quinn changes Illinois' concealed carry act

CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday he is changing a concealed-carry measure approved by the Legislature to cap the number of firearms and ammunition that can be carried and to ban guns from any establishment where alcohol is served.

The Democratic governor is using his amendatory veto power to tweak the legislation sent to him after months of debate and negotiation over the measure.

"There are serious flaws in this bill that jeopardize public safety of the people of Illinois," Quinn said during a news conference in downtown Chicago.

A federal appeals court ruled in December that it was unconstitutional for Illinois to ban the public possession of concealed firearms and gave it until July 9 to comply.

Quinn said he never agreed with the court's ruling and the bill lawmakers sent him needs "important, common sense" changes.

The legislation permits qualified gun owners who pass background checks and undergo 16 hours of training to get permits for $150.

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