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Giffords Applauds Illinois Governor and Legislature on Passage of Assault Weapons Ban

Springfield, IL — Today, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, founder of the gun violence prevention organization Giffords, applauded Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois legislature for passing and signing into law the Protect Illinois Communities Act. 

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords:

“On July 4 in Highland Park, a day of celebration turned into a nightmare after a shooter opened fire on parade watchers, killing seven people and injuring 48. Assault weapons are built to kill and injure quickly and efficiently. Our communities deserve safety and security. I applaud Illinois leaders Representative Bob Morgan, Speaker Chris Welch, President Don Harmon, and Governor J.B. Pritzker for having the courage to act to remove these weapons of war from our streets.”

More on the Protect Illinois Communities Act:

This bill prohibits assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, bans devices that can turn semi-automatic weapons into machine guns (commonly called “auto-sears” or “auto switches”), strengthens the state’s Firearm Restraining Order (FRO) law, and addresses illegal gun trafficking in Illinois.



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