Illinois Senate Democrats getting nervous about the July 9th deadline coming soon.
(State Journal-Register) – Gov. Pat Quinn must act quickly on legislation that would allow the carrying of concealed weapons in Illinois to avert a “public safety and constitutional crisis,” Senate Democrats said in a letter Thursday.
The plea signed by 23 Democrats, including Senate President John Cullerton, said Quinn should “make his intentions known” so lawmakers have time to react before a July 9 court-ordered deadline for implementing a plan.
The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, notes that authorities in at least eight counties are already refusing to prosecute those who carry concealed weapons. Some counties are setting up their own rules to allow public possession of concealed firearms because the existing law has been invalidated, even if it’s still on the books.
“If you intend to issue a veto or amendatory veto, we ask that you do it quickly. The General Assembly will need time to respond. Every day we get closer to the federal court’s July 9 deadline. Time is of the essence,” the letter said. “We urge you to act on this legislation now. The last thing we need is a public safety and constitutional crisis.