Illinois Towns Refuse to Ban Assault Weapons

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Despite an impending deadline and encouragement from Democrat Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, 14 towns in Illinois are refusing to ban assault-style weapons.

The bill to approve concealed-carry in Illinois will make all local ordinances regulating guns invalid. Now communities have until July 9 to put a local law on the books banning assault-style weapons in their area, if they don't have one already.

After the July 9 deadline, Illinois will become the last state in the country to allow concealed-carry permits for firearms.

So far only four towns have chosen to restrict semi-automatic guns – 14 communities rejected or decided not to pass assault weapons bans. There are 10 other towns who have yet to vote on the matter.

"I just don't see the place for it. I'm not against people having guns, not at all," said Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico, whose village board already unanimously voted to ban assault weapons. "The thing I can't get my arms around, I know when the Constitution was passed, I don't think they could envision these types of guns."

Mike Weisman, officer of The Illinois State Rifle Association, said the regulation of assault weapons is useless because semi-automatic rifles are not often used in murders.

"They don’t need local control over these firearms," Weisman said. "There are no problems, so they’re creating a tough, painful solution to a non-existent problem."

Gov. Pat Quinn put an amendatory veto on the conceal-carry bill Tuesday, but lawmakers adopted the legislation by margins large enough to invalidate that veto. Quinn called the legislation “flawed.”

“The bill provides no cap on the number of guns, or on the size or number of ammunition clips that may be carried,” Quinn wrote on his web site. “Instead, it allows individuals to legally carry multiple guns with unlimited rounds of ammunition, which is a public safety hazard.”

Sources: Fox News, KAAL-TV