Quinn Renews Call For Assault Weapons Ban

Jul 25, 2014

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is bringing the debate over guns into his re-election campaign.

Quinn says the issue of military-style weapons represents a fundamental difference between his policies and and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.

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"My opponent thinks people should have assault weapons as they see fit. Do folks here agree with that? Do you agree with that?"

Quinn was speaking at a church on Chicago’s West Side to support a ban on high-capacity guns.

Rauner said people have a right to own so-called assault weapons at a primary debate back in February.

In a statement, a Rauner spokesman says Quinn is “not serious” about dealing with crime and the governor’s policies have been disastrous.

In particular the Rauner spokesman called a mismanaged anti-violence program a political slush fund.

But Quinn points to a record of fighting for and signing gun control legislation