Illinois State Senate overrides Governor's veto on Gun Bill
Gov. Rod Blagojevich vetoed the measure, saying "each individual municipality should determine which affirmative defenses apply to a violation of its own ordinance," but the Senate voted 40 to 18 to override him.
State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D-Evanston, represents the community of Wilmette and said the bill imposed upon the municipality's prerogative to impose stronger gun laws than those of the state. He was unable to convince enough of his colleagues to agree with him.
"It has been a hallmark of our constitutional system that one has a right to defend one's home and family," said state Sen. Bill Haine, D-Alton.
State Sen. Ed Petka, R-Plainfield, called it "a commonsense piece of legislation."
The bill now heads to the House, where it must get at least 71 votes in order to become law in spite of the governor's objections. It got 90 votes in the House in May.