"This is a historic, significant day for law abiding gun owners," the Associated Press quotes Rep. Brandon Phelps as saying. "They finally get to exercise their Second Amendment rights."
Phelps, a Democrat, hails from Harrisburg, Ill., a small city more than five hours south of Chicago by road. In a decade in the state House, the AP notes, he "has continued work on concealed carry begun by his uncle, ex Rep. David Phelps, who began serving in the mid 1980s." Yesterday that work came to fruition as lawmakers in Springfield overrode Gov. Pat Quinn's "amendatory veto" of a bill establishing a permitting system for the carrying of concealed firearms.
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