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Attorney General candidate calls for allowing Illinois cities to ban assault weapons

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A Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General is calling for the state to allow individual municipalities to ban so-called assault weapons.

Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said she believes Illinois cities, towns and villages should be able to ban the possession, sale or manufacture of certain military-style weapons and large capacity magazines within their borders. 

A concealed carry law passed by the Illinois General Assembly prohibited local governments from passing assault weapon bans after a 10-day "window of opportunity." Highland Park passed an ordinance banning the weapons and magazines with the period and eventually prevailed when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal against a lower court's decision to leave the ban intact. 

 "Banning assault weapons is a common sense step to reducing gun violence and protecting our children, our law enforcement, and our communities from potential mass violence and grief," said Rotering in a press release. "While the families in Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas, and now Sutherland Springs, Texas didn't believe they had "assault weapon" problems, we should agree that every town, village, and city should have the power to decide whether or not to limit these weapons that enable mass murder."

Rotering is one of several Democrats running for attorney general after incumbent Lisa Madigan announced she would not run for re-election. The winner of the March Democratic primary will likely face off against Republican Erika Harold, an Urbana attorney and former Miss America. 

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