If the state had not acted by Tuesday, default legislation would have taken hold, but up until the deadline, the state was allowed to impose certain restrictions.
Some lawmakers criticized Quinn for waiting until the 11th hour to veto the bill because they said more time would have allowed for a more productive debate on the issue.
Quinn released a statement late Tuesday that the legislature “surrendered to the National Rifle Association ... and passed a flawed bill ....” He added, “Public safety should never be compromised or negotiated away.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as well as Quinn, used a recent surge in violence in the city – 74 people were wounded and 12 killed by gun violence over the four-day Fourth of July weekend – to say that more, not less, gun restrictions are necessary.
“Having effective gun control is essential for providing safety throughout the city,” he told reporters Tuesday.