Poll: Assault weapons ban
July 31, 2012 6:14PM
Updated: July 31, 2012 6:17PM
“There is no place in the state of Illinois for weapons designed to rapidly fire at human targets at close range,” Gov. Pat Quinn wrote in a letter to state lawmakers in which he advocated turning the sale or possession of such weapons and ammunition into felonies.
Quinn drew a direct link Tuesday to the July 20 shootings that claimed the lives of a dozen moviegoers and left 58 others wounded at a suburban theater outside Denver.
Sen. David Luechtefeld (R-Okawville), accused Quinn of trying to take political advantage of the Aurora, Colo., shootings, where an assailant used an assault weapon.
“He likely knows this won’t go any place,” Luechtefeld said of Quinn. “But because of what happened in Colorado, he’s going to exploit that as much as he can.”