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Illinois Governor Signs Ban on Assault Weapons Into Law

With state lawmakers at his side Tuesday night, Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law an assault weapons ban that he says will help put an end to senseless killings.

The governor hopes it sends a message to the gun lobby, too. “There is a very powerful lobby in the state of Illinois that has prevented passage of a bill like this,” Pritzker said after signing the bill into law in the Capitol Rotunda. “It took a lot of strength and gumption, and understanding and willingness to stand up to very powerful forces.”

They shall overcome: Pritzker said passage by both chambers, which are controlled by Democrats, shows “that you can overcome the gun lobby. We’ve shown that here in Illinois, we can do that nationally.”

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