The issue of banning assault weapons is now entering the governor’s race. Gov. Pat Quinn is in favor of legislation that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in Illinois. His Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, said at a Republican primary debate in March that he feels it’s appropriate for owners of such weapons to use them “on their property.” Quinn says Rauner should explain that position.
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“I think it’s very important that we the people pin down all candidates on this fundamental issue of public safety: are you for banning assault weapons or not?” Quinn said.
The Rauner campaign responded to the attack with a statement saying other Quinn programs to combat crime have been “disastrous,” such as the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which is now being investigated by federal prosecutors.