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Illinois May Ban Assault Weapons, High-Capacity Magazines

| by Michael Allen

Illinois State Senate Democrats on Wednesday advanced bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips through committees in two votes of 6-4. Both bans will probably be voted on by the Illinois State Senate this week.

The assault weapons bill was sponsored by State Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), who told the Chicago Tribune: "The Newtown shootings have had some impact."

The proposed assault weapon bill bans the possession, delivery, purchase and sale of military-style, semi-automatic assault weapons.

People who already have assault weapons would not be required to give them up, but would have to register them.

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NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde said that provision "would treat gun owners like sex offenders."

The Illinois Firearms Manufacturers Association called the proposed ban a threat to Illinois' $500 million gun-making industry and argued that it was a job killer, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The proposed ban on high-capacity magazines would outlaw clips that carry more than 10 rounds. The bill's sponsor State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) said: "Our children's lives are at risk."

State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) doesn't know whether there will be enough votes in the State Senate to pass the assault weapons ban: "It's one of those lame-duck roll calls where you don't know what is going to happen."