Illinois Senate Defeats Governor’s Sneaky Attempt to Ban Assault Weapons
November 29, 2012
In Obama’s home state, Illinois, governor Pat Quinn attempted to circumvent the legislature and impose an assault weapons ban on Wednesday. State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, a Republican from Okawville, led an override that defeated the governor.
“Today is a good day for the Second Amendment in Illinois. We have scored a victory against
short-sighted Chicago anti-gun policies,” Luechtefeld said, the Illinois Review reported on Wednesday. “The Governor overstepped his reach when he decided to rewrite this Senate bill and impose an assault weapons ban without the measure first being heard by the legislature.”
Quinn had attempted to change Senate Bill 681. The legislation allows FOID card holders to mail-order ammunition purchases from in-state licensed firearm dealers. Quinn had tried to include language that would have banned so-called assault weapons and certain ammunition magazines.