Governor Quinn proposes ban on assault weapons in Illinois - – Rockford’s News Leader

Governor Quinn proposes ban on assault weapons in Illinois


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed an assault weapons ban for the State of Illinois on Tuesday.

Quinn utilized his amendatory veto power to include the ban in a bill regarding ammunition sales. The original bill would permit an Illinois resident to buy ammunition from someone within or outside the state as long as the shipment is made through U.S. mail or a private carrier that has been authorized by federal law to ship ammunition. Quinn's addition would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. Lawmakers will then vote to accept or reject the addition to the bill.

The ban may face challenges similar to the one in Cook County, which was previously found unconstitutional by a lower court. The Illinois Supreme Court reversed that decision, and sent the case to trial court. Other similar measures have also previously failed.

The proposed ban comes at a time when lawmakers around the country are debating assault weapons due to the recent mass shooting at a Colorado theater that left 12 dead and 58 injured. Quinn says the ban would make Illinois safer.

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