Quinn Will Try Again For Gun Legislation in Ill. Veto Session
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) - Gov. Pat Quinn says mandatory minimum sentences on gun crimes aren’t the only solution to gun violence in Illinois.
Quinn favors a more comprehensive approach that also addresses high capacity gun magazines.
“Those weapons were used in Newtown, Conn. to kill children, and they were used on the parks of Chicago to shoot at children,” Quinn said.
A bill sponsored by State Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) would impose stricter sentences for aggravated use of a weapon and gun crimes committed by felons.
Similar legislation died in a House committee in the spring, but Zalewski believes there’s enough support to pass it during the veto session.
Quinn also expressed concerns about the potential price of the bill. The Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council says the additional inmates in the state’s justice system would cost the state $131 million a year.
The governor’s decision to not push for stricter penalties on gun crimes is opposed by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-IL. Kirk will hold a press conference at 1:00 p.m. in Chicago with the city’s police superintendent, the North Chicago Police Chief, and others to call for increasing gun crime penalties for violent gang members.
In a press release Tuesday, Kirk stated his support for Zalewski’s bill.