Chicago Eyes Ban on Certain Guns

Jul 15, 2013

Chicago’s City Council could toughen its ban on assault-style weapons this week.  Cities across Illinois have 10 days from last Tuesday to outlaw certain guns from their city limits under the new law. Governor Pat Quinn says he wishes they had more time.

"They had a very short timeframe, only 10 days now under the law. And a lot of folks are away in the summer. I felt that was way too short, but I’m glad Chicago’s acting," said Quinn.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal would expand the types of guns and military-style features that would be banned in the city. Some suburban communities recently approved added gun regulations - including Highland Park, Skokie, and North Chicago.

Illinois Public Radio's Tony Arnold contributed to this report.