A plan to ban assault weapons in Illinois has stalled in the state Senate with too few votes to pass the ban. That means the House of Representatives will not deal with the bill when it returns to Springfield tomorrow for its three-day Lame Duck Session. It is unlikely any gun-control measures will be dealt with before the 97th General Assembly adjourns mid-week, according to Alton State Representative Dan Beiser.
The bill would have prohibited people in Illinois from owning military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Those who already own the items would have been allowed to keep them, but they would've had to pay a fee and register the items with the Illinois State Police. Beiser says he thinks the bill was well-intentioned but misguided.
On the topic of same-sex marriage - a bill that also stalled in the Senate - he does not support the idea, however, he says he would be in favor of putting it to a vote via statewide refferendum.