Governor looking into blocking gun shows on state property

2013-01-23T04:01:00Z Governor looking into blocking gun shows on state propertyBy L.E. HLAVACH - H&R Springfield Bureau Writer Herald-Review.com

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday said he is looking into a possible ban on gun shows held on publicly owned property

“We are talking to the lawyers about that,” Quinn said in response to a reporter’s question after a four-hour summit on school safety at the Springfield office of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Last week, Quinn and other Illinois Democrats called for a statewide ban on assault weapons. Yet, some of these very guns were on sale Saturday at a gun show at the state-owned Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

The gun show, organized by Centralia-based Egyptian Collectors Association Inc., had been booked since last February, long before the killing of 26 people, including 20 young children, at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December.

Quinn has been pushing for a ban on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines since he took office in 2009. Last year, the Chicago Democrat rewrote legislation using his amendatory veto to ban such weapons, but lawmakers rejected his proposal. Some disagreed with the ban, but some disagreed with the procedure Quinn used to introduce the measure.

A city councilman in Tucson, Ariz., has proposed banning all gun shows from the city-owned convention center. In Tucson in January 2011, a shooter killed six people and injured former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others.

Egyptian Collectors also has booked space at the fairgrounds for a gun show in October.

laura.hlavach@lee.net|528-1079

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