Illinois City Hall rolls out hundreds against ban on assault weapons

MARION, Illinois — Several Republican lawmakers in Illinois hosted a legislative town hall at the Cultural and Civic Center in Marion Tuesday night. One topic that seemed to draw many people to the meeting was Illinois’ new ban on assault weapons.

State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), State Senator Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton), State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis), State Representative Paul Jacobs (R-Pomona), and State Representative David Friess (R-Red Bud) shared information about the legislation and listened to voters’ concerns.

“It’s just a violation of our rights,” said Toney Rainey, a Williamson County resident. “I mean it’s wrong.”

The measure bans the sale of assault weapons and assault weapon accessories and requires legal gun owners who currently own these types of guns to register them.

“First of all, they don’t want their Second Amendment rights taken away from them,” Bryant said. “Second, they don’t want to be seen as felons because they own property that they’ve owned, sometimes for generations.”

Supporters of the law cite the number of mass shootings with assault weapons and believe the law will save lives. Several sheriffs have said they will not enforce the ban because they believe it is unconstitutional. The ban is expected to be legally challenged. Illinois City Hall rolls out hundreds against ban on assault weapons

Sarah Y. Kim

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