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Illinois House Leader: Pursue State Gun Curbs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A top Illinois House Democrat says lawmakers should pursue state-level gun restrictions and not wait to see what Congress does.

House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says "gun violence is no stranger" to urban Illinois. The Chicago Democrat says legislators should revive restrictions on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeders despite President Barack Obama's call Wednesday for national curbs.

Currie was a co-sponsor of legislation prohibiting military-style assault weapons like that used in the Connecticut school massacre in December. But it wasn't called for a vote in the final days of the last session of the General Assembly earlier this month. Currie isn't sure whether even the heavily Democratic Legislature will go along with such measures because of resistance from gun-rights advocates.

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