Gov. Quinn Repeats Call For Assault-Weapons Ban
By The Associated Press
llinois Gov. Pat Quinn is once again calling for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The Democrat addressed the issue at a news conference on Sunday. He spoke in the Morgan Park neighborhood - a South Side Chicago community that's been affected by gun violence.
Quinn is specifically pushing for the passage of the Illinois Public Safety Act.
“The recent epidemic of violence in Chicago is unacceptable and we must join together to fight back,” Quinn said, in a press release. “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 that proposed act, holders of Firearms Owners Identification Cards 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.
Quinn says war is "being waged on our streets.'' And he says it's a war fueled in part by the availability of military-style assault weapons.