Few Ill. towns opting for assault weapons bans

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Posted: Jul 05, 2013 2:15 PM
Few Ill.  towns opting for assault weapons bans

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Few Illinois communities seem concerned that the window to ban assault weapons within their boundaries appears to be closing.

Legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons that could take effect next week also gives cities 10 days to enact prohibitions on assault-style weapons.

Illinois would become the last state to allow the concealed carry of firearms.

Interviews and information from gun-rights groups like the Illinois State Rifle Association indicate that only four Chicago-area communities have adopted prohibitions on semi-automatic guns and high-capacity ammunition feeders.

Nearly 30 communities put it on the agenda. Fourteen decided against a ban. It's still under consideration in 10.

Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of the concealed carry bill suggested changes including ongoing local government power to ban assault weapons. Lawmakers vow to override the veto.