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Pritzker says he's optimistic Illinois will pass assault-style weapons ban

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday he's optimistic the Illinois General Assembly will be able to pass an assault weapons ban despite fierce opposition from groups like the National Rifle Association.

"I believe we are in a position to overcome that obstacle and to get an assault weapons ban in our state," Pritzker said during an unrelated news conference on Monday. "I certainly am pushing for it. I think we should have one on the federal level."

Over the past ten years, more than two dozen bills to ban assault weapons have been introduced in Springfield.


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None have passed. Some never even made it out of committee.

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