Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday ventured into territory where most elected officials and politicians fear to tread: An outright ban on assault style weapons and high capacity magazines for all guns.
“There is no place in the state of Illinois for weapons designed to rapidly fire at human targets at close range,” Quinn said, reflecting on the July 20 assault on a movie theater crowd in Colorado where a single gunman with several weapons, including an assault style weapon, killed 12 and wounded more than 50.
If Quinn’s proposal becomes law, Illinois would join California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York in banning such weapons.
While Quinn claims to be a “strong supporter” of the Second Amendment, which provides a Constitutional right to bear arms, he wrote in a letter to state legislators that the glut of military-style assault weapons pose a threat to public safety.
Illinois political strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue Quinn’s proposal faces significant obstacles in the state legislature, especially from those representing districts outside of Chicago. However, Illinois does have stricter gun laws than many other states, requiring residents to apply for an identification card to own any weapons, including rifles or shotguns.
Illinois also does not a concealed weapons law for private citizens.