Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is renewing his call to take military-style assault weapons off the streets. He's urging lawmakers to pass a law that bans the sale and delivery of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois.
He says the recent up tick in gun violence, particularly in Chicago, is unacceptable:
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More than 100 people have been shot in the city of Chicago over the past week. Though assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are used in relatively few crimes, they result in more people being shot and more people being killed: The governor cited data compiled by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which found that from 2009 through 2012, incidents where assault weapons or large capacity ammunition magazines were used resulted in 135 percent more people shot and 57 percent more people killed, compared to other shooting incidents with multiple victims. The bill also would require background checks for all gun sales or transfers, except at gun shows or to family members.