Senator Hutchinson released the following statement regarding today's concealed carry override:

“Without legislative action, at 12:01 on July 10, Illinois would have transitioned into constitutional open carry. The underlying bill vetoed by the governor contains more training than any other state in the country and was the result of months of compromise on the part of the legislature and stakeholders. I agree with the vast majority of the expressed concerns of the governor and I am committed to working to address these issues in the coming months. However, we were under a strict court-mandated deadline and, without action, we would be left with no legislation and no restrictions on where firearms could be carried.
 
This would have translated into an individual legally being able to carry a loaded firearm into a bar and not be in violation of any state law. For this reason, I am disappointed at the timing and the manner in which the governor issued his veto. Representatives Cloonen, DeLuca and myself all voted in favor of this override, as we understand what would have happened if we lost the underlying bill and the protections this bill included.”

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