CHICAGO -- Gov. Pat Quinn says the time for an assault weapons ban in Illinois is now.
The Chicago Democrat said the shooting in Connecticut, particularly the loss of so many children, should appeal to people's consciences. A gunman left 20 children and six adults dead at an elementary school.
He said Monday that he has reached out to top lawmakers and sponsors of a proposed assault weapons ban. The governor says lawmakers should consider the ban when they reconvene for the lame duck session in January.
Quinn pushed for an
assault-weapons ban after a deadly shooting at a Colorado movie theater.
Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he agrees with Quinn. He noted that the city bans assault weapons, and he said he hopes leadership in Congress "would now have a vote of conscience."
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy agreed with Emanuel and said large ammunition clips also should be banned.