The issue of banning assault weapons is now entering the governorâ€™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 itâ€™s appropriate for owners of such weapons to use them â€śon their property.â€ť Quinn says Rauner should explain that position.
â€śI think itâ€™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?â€ť Quinn said.
The Rauner campaign responded to the attack with a statement saying other Quinn programs to combat crime have been â€śdisastrous,â€ť such as the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which is now being investigated by federal prosecutors.