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Bernard Schoenburg: Quinn’s gun proposal gets little support

August 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM

The State Journal-Register

No matter what party they’re from, legislative candidates in central Illinois aren’t joining Democratic Gov. PAT QUINN’s call for a new law to ban manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a range of assault weapons and attachments.

In the wake of the movie theater shootings in Colorado, Quinn used his amendatory veto power to write the bans into a bill that had merely allowed Illinois companies to join out-of-state companies in being able to ship firearms ammunition to buyers in the state.

ANDY MANAR, chairman of the Macoupin County Board, former chief of staff to Senate President JOHN CULLERTON, D-Chicago, and Democratic candidate for state Senate in the new 48th District, said of the governor of his party: “The manner in which he did it is reminiscent of Governor (ROD) BLAGOJEVICH, because he took a bill that had nothing to do with assault weapons and he amended language onto it.” Manar added that, “Generally speaking, I’m opposed to what the governor wants to do.” He’s also for a law to let citizens carry concealed weapons.

Decatur Mayor MIKE McELROY, the Republican candidate in the 48th, said he doesn’t think the ban Quinn wants would have deterred the shooter in Colorado.

“I’m a gun guy,” McElroy said, and he’d also like Illinois to allow citizens to carry concealed guns.

“I just feel that that is a right that we are given, to protect ourselves,” McElroy said.

SUE SCHERER of Decatur, the Democratic candidate in the new 96th House District — geographically the northern half of the new 48th Senate District and including parts of Decatur and Springfield — said after appearing at a Democratic Party meeting in Springfield Wednesday that she had been “knocking on doors like crazy” and hadn’t heard of Quinn’s action. But she said she favors concealed carry, and later, via email, said Quinn’s amendatory veto “was very opportunistic on his part. I continue to strongly support the Second Amendment.”

DENNIS SHACKELFORD of Rochester, the GOP House candidate in the 96th, also said he didn’t want to see Quinn’s proposal enacted.

“I’m a believer in the Second Amendment and I think it’s a person’s responsibility, and you can’t legislate what people do,” Shackelford said.

Manar was at Springfield’s Dreamland Park last week with members of the Service Employees International Union to announce that he has SEIU backing. That union is also helping Manar with yard signs designed by MEADOW, NATHANIEL and BROOKLYNN SYRCLE — three children of STEPHANIE SYRCLE, an SEIU member who works for the secretary of state in a Decatur license facility.

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