Illinois lawmakers are being asked to revisit a bill that would impose tighter gun restrictions. On Sunday, Governor Pat Quinn again called for passage of a measure that would ban the sale or delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition.
Quinn issued his statements in Chicago's Morgan Park neighborhood, which has been affected by gun violence.
“The recent epidemic of violence in Chicago is unacceptable and we must join together to fight back,” Quinn said. “Public safety is government's foremost mission and Illinois should not wait any longer to act. There are too many victims of a war being waged on our streets, a war fueled in part by the availability of deadly, military-style assault weapons that have no purpose other than killing."
Under the plan, FOID card holders who now own assault weapons would be able to keep them. But they wouldn't be allowed to transfer or sell them, except to a family member.
The act would also expand background checks for prospective gun buyers.
Seven states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws banning assault weapons. In addition, Minnesota and Virginia regulate such weapons.