Last state without concealed carry law closes in on changes

The Illinois House has rejected Gov. Pat Quinn

FILE - In this July 2, 2013 file photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks during a news conference in Chicago after he used his amendatory veto power to tweak the concealed carry legislation sent to him after months of debate and negotiation over the measure. Quinn predicted a "showdown" in Springfield over his proposed changes to the legislation, but there was little indication from lawmakers and legislative leaders a day ahead of a Tuesday, July 9 vote that they'd do much more than reject his demands. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen, File)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's changes to legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns on the deadline for action set by a federal court.

If the Senate approves it later today, Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing firearms to be carried in public.

The House voted 77-31 to override the Democratic governor's amendatory veto. Quinn had used his veto authority to suggest changes such as prohibiting guns in restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting gun-toting citizens to one firearm at a time.

Lawmakers sent Quinn a bill in May setting up a concealed carry system in response to a federal appeals court ruling which declared it unconstitutional for Illinois to ban the public possession of concealed weapons.

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