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Few cities jump at chance to ban assault weapons

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Officials in the few Illinois cities that have banned assault-style weapons say they see no need for them or wanted to retain some control over guns.

Legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns that's almost certain to become law next week gives communities 10 days to enact bans on semi-automatic rifles.

Highland Park, North Chicago, Melrose Park and Skokie have prohibited the guns.

Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico says he urged his village board to move because he doesn't believe gun owners need such high-capacity weapons. Highland Park City Manager Dave Knapp says the city council thought it ought to retain its home-rule authority over guns.

But at least 14 communities have passed up the opportunity. Wheeling Village President Dean Argiris says constituents were overwhelmingly opposed.

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