assault weapons ban

Quinn Renews Call For Tighter Gun Laws

Jul 14, 2014

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.

Illinois Sheriffs' Association

Illinois law enforcement agencies are divided on whether the state should ban the sale of so-called “assault weapons.” During a hearing this week in Springfield, supporters of the ban, like Sergeant Mark Marianovich of the Chicago Police Department SWAT team,  say assault weapons pose too great a threat.

What To Do About Gun Violence

Feb 7, 2013

It’s a wrenching debate for the country, and the anguish over Sandy Hook and the relentless shootings in Chicago have reinvigorated the divisive issue. We’ve been following the many sides of the gun debate and we’ll continue to do so, but today we begin a series we’re calling “Our Guns” -- conversations with people who own and are committed to gun rights.   We start today by hearing from people in rural Illinois.

Illinois Assault Weapons Ban Stalls

Jan 4, 2013

An Illinois Senate committee has approved limits on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. But those measures have not yet moved to the floor for action. The upper chamber canceled a session scheduled for Friday.

Quinn renews call for assault weapons ban

Aug 1, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn is renewing his call for an assault weapons ban for Illinois. But in order to get it passed, he'll need the support of a Republican lawmaker who opposes the idea.

Quinn first raised the issue in the days following the Colorado shooting rampage. He spotted an opening in legislation that would have allowed people to purchase ammunition by mail from companies within Illinois. On Tuesday, Quinn used his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the proposal so it would ban many types of semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity ammunition magazines.