Theater shooting brings gun debate back in Illinois

By WEEK Producer

July 31, 2012 Updated Jul 31, 2012 at 10:41 PM CDT

ILLINOIS-- The Colorado Movie Shooting Massacre brought an ongoing debate back to the front burner., gun control laws, and more specifically bans on some assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.

On Tuesday, Governor Pat Quinn entered the fray, by using his amendatory veto power to alter an existing bill and place a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Quinn says such a ban will make Illinois a safer place to live, but Quinn's re-writing of the bill tosses the ball back to the General Assembly hands, which now has to vote to approve Quinn's changes.

"We can have a debate. The general assembly can vote on whether to ban assault weapons. They can vote to ban large capacity ammunition magazines," said Quinn.

Political observers are betting the members of the General Assembly will *not approve Quinn's changes and the bill will die.

Republican State Senator David Luechtefeld said the Governor was trying to take political advantage of the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings.

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