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Governor Quinn Renews Call for Illinois Assault Weapons Ban

By The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is renewing his call for an assault weapons ban in Illinois.  The Chicago Democrat promoted the idea during his annual State of the State address on Wednesday. He asked lawmakers to move forward with strong public safety legislation. He says Illinois must prohibit the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.  

Quinn says assault weapons don't belong in everyday public places like schools, shopping malls or sports stadiums.  He says lawmakers should also pass legislation requiring every Illinois school to practice active safety drills.  Quinn has pushed for an assault weapons ban since a deadly shooting at a Colorado movie theater last summer.  He used his power of amendatory veto to rewrite a bill to ban assault weapons. Lawmakers rejected it.   

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