Governor Pat Quinn today issued the below statement regarding the Illinois House's passage of Senate Bill 2193, a massive overreach on the concealed carry issue that would automatically repeal local public safety ordinances including Chicago's assault weapons ban. The governor's office filed in opposition to the bill during committee yesterday.
"This legislation is wrong for Illinois.
"It was wrong yesterday in committee, it's wrong today, and it's wrong for the future of public safety in our state.
"The principle of home rule is an important one. As written, this legislation is a massive overreach that would repeal critical gun safety ordinances in Chicago, Cook County, and across Illinois.
"We need strong gun safety laws that protect the people of our state. Instead, this measure puts public safety at risk.
"I will not support this bill and I will work with members of the Illinois Senate to stop it in its tracks."