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Ban on assault weapons gets tightened

Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Daily Herald
by Damian Joseph Medill News Service

Cook County Board tightened its assault weapons ban Tuesday to make it harder for gun manufacturers to circumvent both existing and future legislation.
Under the previous ordinance, military-style assault weapons were banned by make and model number, not by the weapon’s specifications. The amended ordinance now includes descriptions of the weapons to be banned — such as grips, scopes and ammunition clips — making it nearly impossible for manufacturers to skirt the law with updated model names.
Along with the new descriptions, an updated list of guns was added to bring the ordinance up to date.
Commissioner Larry Suffredin an Evanston Democrat, who introduced the updated ban, stressed the importance of the new weapons descriptions.
“That means whatever the manufacturers do in the future, we got it,” he said.
Voters overwhelmingly showed support for the ban in last week’s election, passing a countywide referendum with 86 percent of the vote.
President-elect Todd Stroger was also on hand Tuesday to observe the board he will soon be taking control of, but offered little insight into his plans.
Stroger did say he was putting together a transition team to aid him, but is keeping the details to himself for now.
“Loose lips sink ships,” he joked.
Stroger said his team is preparing to finalize next year’s county budget, but said since it is not due until late February, they had “plenty of time.”
Tuesday’s meeting, however, may have been the last for interim President Bobbie Steele. She has not yet decided whether she will hold on to her 2nd District’s commissioner’s seat.
Steele said she will make a decision “before the new session begins,” but declined to shed light on her thought process.
The first board meeting of the new session will be on Dec. 6.

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