Pat Quinn called for gun and magazine bans this weekend in Chicago, smack in the middle of low-information voter-land.
Quinn doesn’t have the votes to tweak the new concealed carry bill which would require only a simple majority.
He’d need 60% to pass legislation at the moment.
If he can’t get a simple majority, he won’t be getting 60%.
(The Turth About Guns) – “Illinois Governor Quinn is asking for a state law to outlaw assault weapons,” stlouis.cbslocal.com reports. “The governor endorsed what he calls the ‘Illinois Public Safety Act’ during a news conference on Chicago’s south side Sunday. The law would ban the sale of both large-capacity magazines and military-style rifles [ED: Which have been used “over and over” to kill people, apparently.] The only exception would be for Illinois residents who already own what the governor calls assault weapons.” Wow! Nice to see a tautologically skeptical press, for a change. Anyway, “They could keep them but only if they hold an Illinois Firearms Owners Identification card. Those card holders would only be allowed to sell or transfer their gun to a family member. Quinn says some Illinois cities are seeing wars being waged on their streets. The governor says an assault weapons ban would help.” Yes, well, he’s wrong. A fact of which downstate voters will no doubt remind him as and when.