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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

more news for illinois gun owners - both good and bad

Today the Illinois senate approved a bill that would close the "gun show loophole", requiring background checks for those who make purchases from private parties at gun shows, while also mandating that Illinois police destroy background check records within 90 days. The Chicago Tribune covers it here and the Chicago Sun-Times here.

The federal records retention period is 24 hours, but the Illinois gun grabbers are whining because they'll only have 90 days.

The Sun-Times article mentions that Blagojevich is planning to use his "amendatory veto" power to rewrite the bill. So, does this mean the guv can simply pass the gun show loophole closure as is, while vetoing the good part of the bill? The Illinois legislature will then have to override the veto in order for the records destruction section to pass? If he has that much power, then what was the point of coupling these two provisions together? Apparently the NRA pushed hard for this compromise bill, deliberately putting Blagojevich in a difficult position, but with "amendatory veto", I'm not sure what the point was. Maybe someone can explain this to me.

More background from this U.S. Newswire article from last week.


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