from State Representative Jonathan Carroll
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May 14, 2018 State Rep. Jonathan Carroll
Carroll Responds to Governor’s Veto of Legislation to Increase Waiting Time to 72 Hours to Purchase Assault Weapons
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – State Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Buffalo Grove, issued the following statement after the governor’s veto of his House Bill 1468, which would extend the waiting period to purchase an assault weapon from 24 to 72 hours.
“The governor has prioritized his own politics over saving lives. My legislation to create a 72-hour waiting period when purchasing an assault weapon received bipartisan support in the House and Senate. And without any word from the governor, he decided to veto it and change the language putting politics ahead of good policy.
“Even after numerous conversations about the 72-hour waiting period legislation with the governor’s chief of staff and the governor’s Public Safety Working Group I had no idea as to the governor’s intentions. Now I understand that instead of working with me towards a responsible solution for gun safety he’s decided to hijack my legislation for his own political gain.
“When it comes to public safety, I’m willing to work with everyone in order to reach practical solutions. My door is always open. I wish the same of the governor. The fact that I heard about the veto from a press conference and not in his office speaks volumes.
As a parent and former special education teacher, the importance of public safety goes beyond just words. It’s our responsibility. It’s our duty. And I was hoping the Governor would agree. Despite today’s setback, I’ll continue to advocate for responsible gun reforms, work to protect our most vulnerable citizens and offer practical solutions for my district and our state.”