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Time running out to pull trigger on concealed-carry

SPRINGFIELD -- There are just a few days left before our state has to have a concealed-carry law on the books.
SPRINGFIELD -- There are just a few days left before our state has to have a concealed-carry law on the books. But the governor hopes to extend the deadline. WCIA-3's Ashley Michels keeps us Connected to the Capitol.

Governor Quinn says he needs more time. By court order, the law has to be put into practice by Sunday.

Now the Attorney General is filing an emergency extension. Quinn says he doesn't have enough time to make sure what lawmakers agreed on is the right thing.

"The state has demonstrated this spring that it is willing to deal with the issue. It's dealt with the issue."

But now putting a concealed-carry law into practice could be hitting a roadblock. Quinn says he needs more time to look over the deal lawmakers passed late last week.

For the first time, it lets gun owners carry loaded firearms in Illinois. It's a big change, but Quinn only has five days to decide what to do with it, and it hasn't even gotten to his desk yet.

"I think, having to review that bill in such a short period of time, especially because it hasn't arrived, is something the court should be cognizant of."

So, the Attorney General is asking the court for an extra 30-days. Usually, when the governor gets a bill, he has 60-days to look it over before he has to sign or veto it.

It's something political expert, Chris Mooney, says isn't unreasonable.

"This is a significant piece of legislation and the governor doesn't appear to have been very well involved in the legislative process. Also, there were a lot of changes right up til the end. It's fair to give the governor a little bit of time to take a look at this."

Mooney also says it would show the state isn't rushing.

"It makes everybody more comfortable with the situation. This is a big change. You don't want to have it crammed down people's throats."

If the court doesn't allow the extension and Quinn doesn't sign the bill, the state will revert to Constitutional Carry. It means anyone with a FOID card could carry a loaded gun anywhere in the state.
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