Lieutenant Governor urges for assault weapons ban

By WEEK Producer

June 9, 2013 Updated Jun 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon urged Illinois cities to consider an assault weapons ban.

This as a concealed carry bill awaits Governor Pat Quinn's signature.

House Bill 183 grandfathers in existing assault weapons bans, but prohibits new bans going forward.

If signed the legislation allows cities only 10 days to enact an assault weapons ban.

In a statement, Simon said it is important for mayors and local officials to "Act now to retain the ability to regulate weapons that kill so many people so quickly."

A federal appeals court gave the state of Illinois until July 9th to pass a concealed carry law.

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