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Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2003 10:36 am | Updated: 1:33 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Ted Nugent says Gov. Rod Blagojevich is more than welcome to visit him backstage before his Aug. 11 performance at the Illinois State Fair.

The rocker and gun-rights advocate, known for the song "Cat Scratch Fever," is itching to tell Blagojevich how much he dislikes Illinois' gun laws.

"I challenge him to come backstage," Nugent told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register. "And let's talk 'We the people,' let's talk good over evil, let's talk laws forcing good people to be unarmed and helpless."

The 54-year-old co-author of the cookbook "Kill It & Grill It" said his main complaint is what he called Blagojevich's "refusal to stand up for the Second Amendment."

The comment was aimed at state laws that prohibit retired police officers from carrying concealed weapons.

"How in God's green earth can a governor not allow retired professional heroes of law enforcement to carry guns?" Nugent said. "There's no answer for that. Any attempt to answer that question would expose a person for the buffoon he is."

The governor's spokeswoman, Angie Amores, declined to comment on Nugent's remarks.

Blagojevich's position on the issue is unclear since a bill that would have allowed retired officers to carry concealed firearms failed to make it through the Legislature this year. Amores said Blagojevich co-sponsored a similar measure that also failed to gain passage when he was a member of Congress.

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