Emanuel praises Obama's gun-safety plan

January 16, 2013

The Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is praising the gun-control plan proposed by President Barack Obama.

Emanuel says the president's proposal is "a thoughtful, comprehensive approach to gun-safety rules."

In a statement Wednesday, Emanuel says such rules are the type of common-sense laws needed to help prevent the gun violence that often plagues the nation.

Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades. He's pressing Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he stands with Obama too.

Quinn says Obama's actions are "the first step of a comprehensive public safety plan that Congress must act upon." In a statement Wednesday, Quinn says lawmakers shouldn't wait another day to pass legislation to help prevent tragedies like last year's mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.

The Democratic governor also has called on the Illinois General Assembly to pass an assault weapons ban.

Another top Illinois House Democrat says lawmakers should pursue state-level gun restrictions and not wait to see what Congress does.

House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie says "gun violence is no stranger" to urban Illinois. The Chicago Democrat says legislators should revive restrictions on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeders despite President Barack Obama's call Wednesday for national curbs.

Currie was a co-sponsor of legislation prohibiting military-style assault weapons like that used in the Connecticut school massacre in December. But it wasn't called for a vote in the final days of the last session of the General Assembly earlier this month.

Currie isn't sure whether even the heavily Democratic Legislature will go along with such measures because of resistance from gun-rights advocates.