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October 24, 2014, 1:06 pm
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Assault Weapons Ban Proposed During Lame Duck Session

Rumors of an assault weapons ban proposal for Illinois turned out to be true Wednesday evening, despite speculation that the measure would be too controversial to garner enough votes. 


Found as an amendment to a bill about sexual assault, the legislation would ban the purchase, sale or possession of any firearm that is considered an assault weapon.  It would also ban the sale, purchase or possession of assault weapon attachments. 


Under the proposed legislation, magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would also be banned, as would pistols weighing more than 50 ounces. 


Outgoing State Senator Larry Bomke said on The Jim Leach Show Wednesday morning he doubts the rumors as the bill wouldn't be able to sway downstate democrats.


The proposal would only make ownership of so-called assault weapons legal for shooting range owners or anyone who owns the weapons in question before the effective date of January 1st, 2014, but the weapons would have to be registered with the Illinois State Police.


The sexual assault legislation with the assault weapons ban amendment is up for third reading Thursday, during the current General Assembly's Lame Duck Session. 

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