Illinois unlikely to adopt so-called "assault weapons" ban
Gov. Pat Quinn launched a new bid Tuesday to ban assault weapons in Illinois in the aftermath of the shooting rampage in a Colorado movie theater, but he will have to overcome the fervent opposition that has stymied attempts to pass such a ban for decades.At a downtown Chicago news conference, the governor also proposed a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, another thorny gun control issue that has been pushed to the forefront by the Colorado shootings that killed 12 and wounded dozens on July 20.Quinn dismissed accusations that he was seeking political advantage from the tragedy."We should show the nation that when something really bad happens, as happened in Aurora, Colo., a horrific massacre, that we don't stand idly by," Quinn said. "We take action." . . .Furthermore, regional division is so deep-seated in Springfield that lawmakers have been unable to make significant changes to state gun laws in recent years. Chicago Democrats, for example, favor gun control, while Downstate Democrats and Republicans have fought off proposals they fear could restrict hunting rights. Some Democratic leaders have used gun control as a wedge issue in races against suburban Republicans, who often are split over the issue. . . .