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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: January 2nd, 2013
Illinois legislature poised to ban automatic weapons

In their upcoming lame duck session that commences today, Illinois legislators might be facing an assault of their own. The Senate president, according to the website The truth about guns, is planning to push through legislation banning assault weapons in that state. The pro-gun website also claims there are two bills: “one for semi-automatic rifles, lever guns, shotguns and handguns with certain features (e.g., threaded barrels); and one for ammunition magazine capacity.” It’s issued a call to arms of sorts to all Illinois gun owners, warning them that the vote breakdown is close and their voices need to be heard. The Governor has come out in support of a semi-automatic weapons ban.

It’s just another wrinkle in the complex gun control debate that is filling the hallowed halls of state legislatures everywhere, even reaching the Oval office. In the wake of the Newtown shootings, it’s been a pretty common topic of conversation, but as one article I recently read points out, the two sides don’t speak the same language. One side speaks of constitutional rights, the other of safety. And sometimes, they’re interchangeable.

Which is it?

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One comment on “Illinois legislature poised to ban automatic weapons

  1. Thomasina on said:

    Those who relinquish rights to gain safety will soon have neither………..Ben Franklin.

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