Can lawmakers fix concealed carry?

July 8, 2013 

Well, surprise, the committee set up to solve Illinois' pension crisis says it won't meet Gov. Pat Quinm's deadline Tuesday to do so.

Committee Chairman Kwame Raoul blames it on the time it is taking to have actuarial studies done. That, and the fact that the committee held just two meetings since it was formed on June 19. Emergency? What emergency?

So lawmakers won't be taking up pensions on Tuesday, just Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of the the concealed carry law.

A federal court deadline to act on concealed carry is also Tuesday. Let's hope lawmakers see the urgency and uphold the compromise they passed. A federal judge already gave the state one 30-day extension to enact a law. We doubt the judge would give it two.

Unless lawmakers want wide open concealed carry, they need to override the veto on Tuesday.

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