Gov. Quinn opposes concealed carry in Illinois

June 23, 2011

Illinois could soon become the only state in the nation that prohibits residents from carrying a concealed weapon - something Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday is a good thing.

"In too many places in Illinois there is a violence epidemic, and I believe that we need to address that," Quinn said. "I do not believe that a law that would allow private individuals to carry loaded concealed weapons on their person in public places is the best way to deal with it."

Quinn's response came after a concealed carry bill landed on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's desk. State lawmakers passed the bill on Tuesday, and the Republican Governor is expected to sign it. If passed, Illinois would become the only state in America with laws against carrying a concealed weapon. The District of Columbia also restricts concealed carry.

Quinn said he doubted that lawmakers in Illinois would pass a concealed carry bill anytime soon.