Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s ready to listen to the debate over proposed legislation that would require handgun owners statewide to register their weapons. The mayor of Chicago is proposing the statewide legislation. The bill, sponsored by two suburban lawmakers, is aimed at helping police trace the origin and ownership of guns used in crimes and to reduce the transfer of illegal firearms. Quinn says it’s up to lawmakers to decide.
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“I think it’s important to have the legislature address the issue, you know, and give their wisdom,” Quinn said. The city of Chicago requires all handgun owners to register their guns with police, but the state of Illinois has no such requirement. Quinn says there are other gun-related matters the state must focus on, such as creating a ban on assault weapons. “Those are things that I think the people of Illinois, by a wide margin, favor and we should keep an eye on those issues,” Quinn said. The registry legislation is sponsored by State Reps. Will Davis (D-Homewood) and Rosemary Mulligan (R-Des Plaines).