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Western Springs rejects assault weapons ban

WESTERN SPRINGS – A proposal to consider a village-wide ban of assault weapons did not reach a vote during Monday's Village Board meeting, with Village President William Rodeghier determining there wasn't enough support for a vote. 

Trustee Suzanne Blowiak brought the issue to the board, but the overriding opinion was that a local ban would not actually do anything. Cook County currently has a ban on assault weapons. 

Local governments across the state are weighing assault weapons bans after the Illinois General Assembly passed a law allowing the carrying of concealed guns. 

Illinois was the last state to adopt such a law. A federal appeals court ruled in December that the state's ban on concealed guns was unconstitutional and gave the state until July 9 to pass a law. Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed the bill, but the state's House and Senate overrode the veto Tuesday, enacting the new law. 

The law gives municipalities 10 days from the signing of the ball to enact local bans on assault-style weapons. Thus far, only four towns – Highland Park, North Chicago, Melrose Park and Skokie – have adopted bans, while at least ten have rejected them, according to the Illinois State Rifle Association. Chicago currently has an assault weapons ban, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called a special City Council session for July 17 to update and strengthen the city's ban. 

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