SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House gave a resounding thumbs down Tuesday to Gov. Pat Quinn’s attempt to impose a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

On a 78-28 vote, the House overrode Quinn’s veto of legislation that would have allowed gun owners to buy ammunition from in-state retailers and have it shipped to their residences.

The governor had used the backdrop of the July movie theater shootings in Colorado to alter the original proposal to ban assault weapons.

Lawmakers said Quinn does not have the constitutional power to rewrite legislation completely.

The Illinois Senate last week also overrode the governor’s veto, meaning the underlying legislation affecting mail-order ammunition will go into effect.

The legislation is Senate Bill 681.

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