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Senate Dems criticize Quinn on gun bill

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Senate Democrats are criticizing Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns.

Assistant Majority Leader John Sullivan of Rushville says Quinn "ignored the will of the people."

The Democratic governor used an amendatory veto Tuesday to change the concealed carry bill that a federal appeals court ordered by July 9.

The changes forbid guns in establishments that serve alcohol, limit gun owners to carrying one weapon and restore the ability of local government to ban assault weapons in the future.

Sen. Bill Haine of Alton says he hopes lawmakers will override the veto. Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park says Quinn tried to score "political points" with the veto and Sen. Mike Jacobs of East Moline says the state needs a uniform gun law.

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