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Illinois Assault Weapons Ban Stalls


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.

The House is scheduled to return Sunday. Senate President John Cullerton told members to be prepared to return next week in case action is needed after a House session.

State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) offered the following comments after a proposed ban on handguns and semi-automatic long guns began working its way through the Illinois Senate on Jan. 2.

“Hundreds of northern Illinois constituents have contacted my office about the proposal, which would ban literally every type of firearm except single-shot arms and double-barreled shotguns. I reaffirm my stance on the Second Amendment: I support sportsmen, gun owners, and law abiding citizen’s basic right of self-protection. “Sadly, this legislation does not address the real societal problems that have been magnified by the recent mass shootings in Colorado or Connecticut.”

Syverson’s comments follow the Illinois Senate’s action on House Bills 1263 and 815. HB 1263 would ban the manufacture, sale and possession of most semi-automatic handguns, rifles and shotguns. HB 815 would ban the purchase of capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 shells.

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