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Illinois’s Assault Weapon Problem
Just recently, a small town near Chicago voted to repeal arduous gun laws in the build-up to a new Cabela’s store opening in the area. Now, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and Chicago Mayor Richard Daly want to undo it all. They have endorsed a bill in the state house that closely resembles the recently expired federal assault weapons ban. Without citing any facts (maybe because they don’t exist?) or giving a logical argument, the pair is trying to deliver a major blow to lawful gun owners. The language of the bill calls for an end to sales of “semiautomatic assault weapons,” .50 caliber rifles and ammunition, magazines that hold more than 10 rounds and so-called “assault weapon attachments.”
The Illinois State Rifle Association has joined with gun makers in taking a very public stand against the legislation.