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3/6/2013 6:00:00 AM
Mautino: Semi-automatic guns plan 'flawed'

The Associated Press

By Regina Garcia Cano
Associated Press Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House on Tuesday voted in favor of bans on semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines, though the proposals still face several legislative battles before they could become law.
The approved proposals were six amendments to a bill that House Speaker Michael Madigan left blank on purpose, and they were okayed in an unusual process that Madigan began using last week to allow legislators to debate at length on contentious topics.
The House still must approve the full piece of legislation for it to move to the Senate, and none of the six votes taken Tuesday as lawmakers debated what would go into the measure had the same support as what is required for a bill to pass the House.
One of the amendments would make it a felony for anyone to sell, purchase or transfer a military-style assault weapon. Should the amendment become law, it would make it illegal for civilians to possess these types of weapons after a 300-day period following the measure’s enactment.
Chicago Democratic Rep. Edward Acevedo, who sponsored two of the amendments, said civilians shouldn’t own such weapons because they were designed for “mass destruction.”
“These weapons are not for hunting. ... They’re designed to kill a group of people at one time,” Acevedo said.
Acevedo said the weapons include those that were used by the shooters in the massacres at a movie theater in Colorado and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last year.
But some Democrats and Republicans argued that the state shouldn’t decide what guns people should be allowed to have to protect their families.
Rep. Frank Mautino, a Spring Valley Democrat, also argued that a “fatal flaw” in Acevedo’s assault-weapon possession proposal was that it does not address what current assault-weapon owners should do with their firearms.
Mautino said the bill “accidentally makes felons of tens of thousands of Illinois citizens” who already own a military-style weapon.
The amendments were approved with Democratic votes only.
Republicans refused to cast votes. GOP Rep. Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst said Madigan’s procedure puts politics before public safety.
“Why do we continue to play these games of going amendment by amendment?” Reboletti said.
Republicans have strongly opposed Madigan’s new floor-debate style. He has also used his “weekly order of business” process to discuss concealed carry and pension proposals, and Republicans also refused to vote on pension amendments Thursday.
Halfway through Tuesday’s debate, someone on the Republican sided shouted, “Stop the circus!”
Tuesday’s amendments also called for forcing individuals who would be exempted from the ban, such as members of the armed forces and jail wardens, to store their guns with a locking device that renders them inoperable or under a key or combination lock.
The bill is HB1156.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous20977

You seem to think that just because I (or anyone else) would have a gun on my person that I would be looking for someone to shoot. Nope. Not even close. I would hope that I would NEVER shoot anyone. The point is that I want the ABILITY to shoot if I was in a situation where I would need to. As far as shooting someone pulling out a cell phone, or something in my imagination, now you are saying that I have no ability to tell the difference between anyone just walking down the street and someone actually confronting me verbally and/or physically. There is a required training course for concealed carry, and believe it or not some of us live in the real world and don't dwell on imaginary things. I/we aren't going to be firing on anyone walking down the sidewalk with their hand in their pocket. You don't have to have one, but DON'T tell me I CAN'T just because you don't like it.

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

The six states along the gulf coast, U know the religous right, the bible belt, the poorest states in the union, including North Catolina,and Arizona, all have higher deaths from guns than Illinois and thatn includes the 9 Million people in Chicago abnd the coller counties.

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

You speak for you. OK U don't like the way I or someone looks. I or someone else is in work cloths and is dirty and diheavled. They reach into their pocket for a cell phone and you draw, fire and hit that person.
They are not killed but rendered helpless fot the rest of their life.
Are you respoansible for their care and just what do you or how much do U owe them.
U were afterall just protecting yourself from all the things in your imagination.
Who is the mentaly deficiant ion this case.
The person reaching for a phone or U who sees some one out to get you behind every bush.
Far fetched? That is what it is coming to. In my life I never heard so many wanting deadly force to protect themselfs fro shadows.
Un real.

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: Anonymous20977

Oh, and by the way, explain to me how hiding a weapon on your person makes you safer.
I would think that if someone wanted to rob you the sight of a gun might make them think twice but I do not believe that does she or dose she not would be much of a deterrent.

Think about it with an open mind. (for once) Right now Illinois does NOT have concealed carry. Therefore, criminals KNOW that you can't have a weapon on your person to defend yourself against them. That makes you an easy target for the CRIMINAL who breaks the law and carries a gun. HOWEVER, if Illinois gets the concealed carry law figured out and the citizens have the ability to carry a weapon then the CRIMINALS wouldn't know just who MAY have a gun tucked away or not. It should make them think twice before trying anything. The mere THREAT of someone fighting back would make the bad guys less willing to try a stick-up. The 49 other states that have concealed carry laws have the crime statistic numbers that SHOW crime rates have gone DOWN since enacting the law. 49 STATES! Every one! What makes you or anyone else think that crime and shootings will go UP when EVERY ONE of the other states have had them go DOWN? Sure, you have a right to your life, just as I have a right to defend mine. The two won't interfere with each other. We CAN have it both ways. I won't shoot you if you don't pull a gun on me. Therefore, by you not having a gun to pull on me, you will be safe. From me at least. Don't worry, Illinois will NOT turn into the Wild West with gunfights in the streets at high noon.

Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

What scares me more, or I should say worries me more than restrictions on firearm ownership and the use there of is an employee of the press that exercises total control over the censorship of a post. Freedom of speech comes before the right to bear arms.
That means no one has the right not to print what is given them.
A one sided press is more dangerous to democracy than a million man army.
It becomes unlawful when members of that press call one and let them know what they will print and what they will not.
That is in direct violation of the const. and must stop.

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