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Blagojevich Calls for Assault Weapons Ban

By AP/KWMU

Chicago – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich called for a ban Tuesday on assault weapons in Illinois.

He said if lawmakers don't send him such a measure he will veto legislation lowering the minimum age to obtain a firearm owner's identification card without parental consent to 18 from 21.

The federal ban on manufacturing and importing at least 19 types of common military-style assault weapons expires September 13th.

It isn't clear if Congress will extend the ban, so Blagojevich wants to deal with the matter on the state level.

Illinois law currently doesn't address assault weapons.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has proposed banning assault weapons at least twice in recent years, but his proposals have gone nowhere in the Legislature.

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