Few communities in Illinois are concerned of the window allowing them to ban assault-style weapons will rapidly begin closing next week, while the state is preparing to become the first in the country to allow the concealed carry of firearms.
Despite encouragement from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon — and on the verge of almost-certain enactment next week of a law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons — only four communities have adopted semi-automatic gun restrictions out of more than two dozen taking them up.
According to interviews and information from gun-rights groups such as the Illinois State Rifle Association, 14 communities have rejected or decided not to act on proposed bans. Ten have yet to vote or have delayed consideration.
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