A proposed assault-weapons ban that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced in August with great fanfare has fizzled without discussion in the Senate. The Senate voted overwhelmingly to override Quinn's amendatory veto that rewrote legislation to prohibit the sale or possession of semi-automatic rifles, high-capacity magazines and .50-caliber guns. Quinn's action came after a mass shooting at a suburban Denver movie theater. Republican Sen. Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville says Quinn overstepped his authority. Luechtefeld's original bill merely allowed approved Illinois gun owners who buy ammunition through the mail to purchase it from Illinois companies as well as those out of state. The bill moves to the House. Quinn's office did not respond to a request for comment.
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