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Illinois candidates offer replies to gun questions

The Associated Press

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Springfield – The Associated Press recently asked candidates for
Illinois governor questions about gun-control legislation.

Two of the questions, including one on the controversial
concealed-carry laws, are listed below, along with each candidate’s
response.

Q: “Would you sign or veto legislation banning the sale and
possession of semiautomatic assault-style weapons in Illinois?”

Republicans

Adam Andrzejewski: “Would veto a ban on semiautomatic ‘assault
weapons’ in most circumstances. It comes down (to) law abiding
citizens having the right to defend their life, liberty and
property.”

Bill Brady: “I am opposed to any further restrictions to the
ownership of firearms as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and would
veto legislation banning the sale and possession of semiautomatic
weapons.”

Kirk Dillard: “Without having more sufficient detail, including
the definition of an ‘assault-style weapon,’ and for what
circumstances the use of these weapons would be approved, this
question is difficult to answer.”

Andy McKenna: “I believe in the Second Amendment and law abiding
citizens’ right to own firearms to protect their families and for
sporting purposes.”

Dan Proft: “I would veto such legislation. …I believe arbitrary
gun bans are unconstitutional and would oppose such bans.”

Jim Ryan: “I would sign it provided it was narrowly drawn and
did not violate our Second Amendment rights.”

Bob Schillerstrom: “I would sign constitutionally sound
legislation banning assault weapons in Illinois.”

Democrats

Dan Hynes: “I would sign legislation banning the sale and
possession of semiautomatic assault-style weapons in Illinois.”

Pat Quinn: “I would sign legislation banning the sale and
possession of semiautomatic assault-style weapons.”

William “Dock” Walls: “I would sign such legislation.”

Green Party

Rich Whitney: “If it truly and accurately defines assault
weapons in a manner that does not impair the rights of lawful gun
owners to possess firearms for defensive purposes, and respects the
rights of legitimate gun collectors, then yes, I would sign
it.”

Q: “Would you sign or veto legislation allowing concealed carry
for handguns?”

Andrzejewski: “I would sign it. … Law-abiding citizens have this
right.”

Brady: “Constitutional rights should be afforded to eligible,
law- abiding Illinois citizens, and therefore concealed carry
should be legalized.”

Dillard: “With proper training and thorough background checks,
and dependent upon the exact language drafted in the legislation, I
could support allowing concealed carry for handguns as almost every
other state in the nation has done.”

McKenna: “I am opposed to concealed-carry legislation.”

Proft: “I would sign right-to-carry legislation.”

Ryan: “I would veto. I believe reasonable people can differ on
this issue but on balance, drawing from my experience as a law
enforcement official, I believe we are better off without concealed
carry.”

Schillerstrom: “I would veto legislation allowing concealed
carry for handguns. I am a supporter of the Second Amendment;
however, I do not believe that concealed carry is a solution for
reducing crime in the state.”

Hynes: Hynes didn’t take a position on concealed carry in
general but did say he opposes a new law letting people bring
concealed guns into someone else’s home if they have
permission.

Quinn: “I would veto legislation allowing concealed carry for
handguns.”

Walls: “I would veto conceal and carry legislation.”

Whitney: “I would sign legislation allowing concealed carry or
open carry; although … I would prefer that any such legislation
allow individual counties to opt out if they so chose.”__

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