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IL Gov. Rauner Removes “Assault Weapon” Language with Amendatory Veto

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Gov. Bruce Rauner

Illinois –-(Ammoland.com)- Illinois Gov. Rauner issued an amendatory veto yesterday of HB1468. The bill sent to the Governor’s desk 60 days ago with a veto proof majority would have codified into law, for the first time in IL history, a broad brush definition of ‘assault weapons‘.

As we had hoped, he stripped the ‘assault’ language out of the bill and instead opted for a 72 hr. waiting period on all gun sales rather than risk law abiding gun owners getting caught up in a felony trick bag set up by anti-Second Amendment democrats.

In a surprising move, the amendatory veto also included instituting the death penalty for mass killers, freed up local revenue to fund resource officers and mental health workers in our schools, a ban on bump stocks, and set the framework for limiting people who are a danger to themselves or others from having access to firearms.

With the veto, the Governor protects Illinois gun owners from a gun grabbing scheme which would have made firearm restraining orders easy to obtain, virtually no-penalty for false testimony, and taking firearms away from nearly anyone by almost anybody for any reason. With the amendatory veto, it becomes a roadblock with a felony penalty for false testimony, prevents vindictive grudges being used to take firearms from lawful gun owners while providing a process to curb mentally ill respondents – like the Parkland High School and Waffle House killers – who are a danger to themselves or others from legally possessing firearms . It also provides a clear and timely process for restoration of rights when a person is no longer a danger.

The full text of the veto can be viewed here. Discussion of the veto can be found on IllinoisCarry’s discussion forum.

The General Assembly now has three options:

  • 1. The General Assembly can do nothing, and the bill is considered dead;
  • 2. The General Assembly can override the veto with a vote by a three-fifths majority of the members in each chamber. The bill then becomes law in the form in which the bill was originally sent to the governor;
  • 3. The General Assembly can agree with the recommendations made by the governor by a simple majority vote in each of the chambers. The bill then becomes law, as amended by the governor.

Stay tuned to IllinoisCarry to follow this most unusual amendatory veto, at least the most unusual in our memory.

Illinois CarryAbout IllinoisCarry.com:

The IllinoisCarry forum was started in April 2004. The idea was that Illinois needed a central location to communicate ideas and information regarding 2nd Amendment issues in Illinois. There are many organizations in Illinois working to protect our 2nd Amendment Rights. Working with these groups IllinoisCarry has become the central location for information and Action Alerts. IllinoisCarry will not endorse political candidates. We simply provide information so voters can make informed decisions. Our goal is to join the other 48 states that allow their citizens to carry concealed firearms. We encourage you to register on our forum and join the fight for your 2nd Amendment Rights in Illinois.

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