Gov. says alcohol & guns don't mix

Published 07/05 2013 05:23PM

Updated 07/08 2013 06:45PM

CHICAGO -- Using the neighborhood around Wrigley Field as a backdrop, Governor Pat Quinn advocated Friday for his amendatory veto to change a concealed-carry bill. Quinn used the area to highlight one of his nine changes to the bill, which would completely ban concealed-carry in any business which serves alcohol.

As it stands in the bill passed by lawmakers in May, businesses which make less than half its profits in alcohol could allow guns inside. Joined by neighborhood leaders and a local restaurant owner and member of the Illinois Restaurant Association, Quinn said alcohol and guns are a "toxic mix."

The event was one of several Quinn says could be held before July 9 when lawmakers head back to Springfield to vote on the measure. They could choose to override the veto or accept the changes.

A law must be in place by July 9 because of a court mandate ruling Illinois' ban on concealed weapons unconstitutional. Quinn has asked the State's Attorney General to appeal that ruling. She has until later this month.

The governor's public schedule featured two events with faith leaders to discuss policies to end violence in the city of Chicago. Many lawmakers have vowed to override Quinn's veto when they return July 9.

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