There were three of us present when Senate President Emil Jones said yesterday that the assault weapons ban wouldn’t fly. Kurt Erickson was one of them. Here’s his take.
Gov. Rod Blagojevichâ€™s renewed push for a statewide ban on assault weapons may not be called for a vote this spring.
On Monday, one of his top allies in the General Assembly said the issue might be just too contentious to move forward before lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn for the spring on April 7.
“I donâ€™t think anything will happen with that,” said Senate President Emil Jones, D-Chicago, who is co-chairman of the governorâ€™s re-election effort. “It would be very difficult to pass that over here.”
That assessment comes just five weeks after Blagojevich made the assault weapons ban a cornerstone of his State of the State speech.
A federal ban on the weapons expired in September 2004 and Blagojevich wants Illinois lawmakers to approve legislation to ban the manufacture, possession and delivery of semiautomatic assault weapons, assault weapons attachments, large capacity ammunition feeding devices and the .50 caliber rifle.