Last Friday, August 20, Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) kept his word--and added to his anti-gun credentials--when he vetoed SB 2165. This legislation sought to provide an affirmative defense for a gun owner if he uses a firearm prohibited by local ordinance in defense of himself or others. Fortunately, this fight is far from over. The Illinois General Assembly will hold its Fall Veto Session during the second and third week of November, which will give the pro-self defense community an opportunity to override Governor Blagojevich. Please be sure to contact your lawmakers and urge them to vote to override the Governor’s veto of SB 2165 during the Fall Veto Session. The Senate can be reached by calling (217) 782-4517, and the House can be reached at (217) 782-8223. For additional contact information, please use the "Write Your Representatives" feature located at www.NRAILA.org. On a positive note, Governor Blagojevich did sign SB 2386 into law on July 28. This law prohibits civil suits against a gun owner who uses a firearm to defend himself or others.