SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois should not wait for the federal government to impose a ban on semiautomatic weapons.

Rather, the Democrat from Chicago said he plans to continue lobbying Illinois lawmakers to approve new laws that limit the purchase of assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines.

“A federal ban would be ideal. We hope it gets done eventually,” Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said. “But there can’t be any waiting. The governor would like to see this as a priority. We’re not going to wait.”

Those comments came as President Barack Obama Wednesday called for a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons and limits on the number of bullets that can be held in an ammunition cartridge.

Quinn and his predecessor Rod Blagojevich have pushed for a state-level ban on semiautomatic weapons for the past decade with no results. But the killing of 26 people — including 20 children — at a Connecticut elementary school has put a spotlight on the kinds of guns they say people don’t need.

Quinn isn’t alone is saying he will press forward at the state level.

State Rep. Edward Acevedo, D-Chicago, who filed legislation Monday to ban semiautomatic weapons, said he doesn’t want to wait to see what happens in Washington, D.C.

“I’m going to continue moving forward,” Acevedo said.

According to the National Rifle Association, legislation pending in the House and Senate would ban about half of all of the long guns on the market. Acevedo said he has agreed to review a potential compromise that would keep some guns from being ruled illegal.

“We’re willing to negotiate, somewhat,” Acevedo said.

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Klaatu
Klaatu

Meanwhile, back in the REAL world, Quinn's state is under a Federal court order to allow concealed carry. I never considered getting a concealed carry permit until the democrats decided they were going to emulate a certain German dictator from the 30's and 40's. Now I am determined to get a concealed carry permit just to make a point. I have no criminal record and have passed an FBI background check. Good luck trying to stop me from getting one.

Wasteline

"State Rep. Edward Acevedo, D-Chicago, who filed legislation Monday to ban semiautomatic weapons, said he doesn’t want to wait to see what happens in Washington, D.C."

"...to ban semiautomatic weapons"

What does that mean, sadly State Rep. Edward Acevedo, D-Chicago, has no idea what that means.

Wasteline

Excerpt from article: "Those comments came as President Barack Obama Wednesday called for a federal ban on semiautomatic weapons and limits on the number of bullets that can be held in an ammunition cartridge."
...and:
"Quinn and his predecessor Rod Blagojevich have pushed for a state-level ban on semiautomatic weapons"

Is this issue so complex, that those reporting can't understand it?
..."the number of bullets in an ammunition cartridge"? One.
..."Ban on semiautomatic weapons"? That's a broad ban,

This will be interesting to see what the new 'All Dem, All da' time' legislature comes up with.
It won't be good, you can bet on that.

TeaPublican

Yes, the NRA called the president an “elitist hypocrite” and I am glad they did and I am glad they are talking about it on Fox News! That guy obama thinks his kids are more important than yours! Obama is skeptical of armed guards in schools when his daughters receive armed Secret Service protection every day. What a hypocrite! So he wants gun protection for his kids and gun free zone for ours? Sasha and Malia (not even American names) are children of “elitist hyprocrites”! And then obama’s government puts out more lies by saying obama and his family face more assassination threats than any president in history, and that the Secret Service has a particularly tough job protecting him and his family. Hogwash! Obama just doesn’t realize that most Americans share NRA’s contempt for him! I agree with Gov. Rick Perry (Texas) when he said we don’t need laws to prevent violence. We just need prayer! We TeaPublicans WILL take back America in 2014 and 2016. And we will take back all those gun laws too!

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