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Quinn Says He'd Veto Concealed Carry Bill

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    Gov. Pat Quinn doesn't want you packing heat.

    The Democrat on Tuesday said he opposed to the concealed carry legislation that is scheduled to see debate in the Illinois House this week.  A committee voted last month approved the measure.

    "The concept of concealed, loaded hand guns in the possession of private citizens does not enhance public safety.  On the contrary, it increases danger for everyday people as they go about their lives," said Quinn.

    He said passage of the bill would be "most unwise," and he said he would veto it if it came to his desk.

    "I don't think we're in the business of trying to increase danger to the people of Illinois," he said.

    Supporters of the bill say concealed carry should be an option for those who want to protect themselves.

    Illinois is just one of two states that doesn't let legal gun owners carry concealed weapons.  Wisconsin is the other.