Illinois Gov. Quinn vows to pursue assault weapons ban after Senate rebuff

Illinois Gov. Quinn vows to pursue assault weapons ban after Senate rebuff

Illinois Gov. Quinn vows to pursue assault weapons ban after Senate rebuff

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 11:11 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An aide says Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will “vigorously pursue” a ban on assault weapons even though the Senate rebuffed his attempt on Wednesday.

The Senate voted 49-4 Wednesday to override Quinn’s rewritten legislation to prohibit the sale or possession of semi-automatic rifles, high-capacity magazines and .50-caliber guns.

Spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the Democratic governor will continue seeking a statewide assault-weapons ban to enhance public safety. She would not elaborate on his strategy.

Senators say Quinn overstepped his authority in August by changing legislation on mail-order ammunition. He acted after a mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater.

If the House also votes to override, the original legislation allowing Illinois gun owners to purchase ammunition by mail from in-state dealers becomes law. 

 

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