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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.

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."

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