Illinois Governor Proposes Assault Weapons Ban

Coming on the heels of the gun control debate sparked by the Aurora theater shooting, Gov. Pat Quinn (D-IL) has proposed an assaults weapon ban that is already sparking resistance from the gun lobby. Quinn’s plan prohibits the manufacture, delivery, sale, purchase, or possession of semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. People who already possess these items could keep them, but would need to register their guns with the police. Chicago, in particular, has suffered from rampant gun violence; the city’s homicide rate has spiked 38 percent in the last year. Illinois is the only state in the country without a concealed carry law, but other gun control measures have failed in the General Assembly or faced legal challenges.