Chicago's City Council has approved measures aimed at beefing up the city's assault weapons ban. The city already has a ban that prohibits the weapons and of high-capacity magazines. The changes approved today define school safety zones. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pushed to close 50 schools and parents' safety concerns linger. The new measures also ban more types of weapons and add stiff penalties. Also today, the Cook County Board of Commissioners toughened the county assault weapons ban. The votes follows Illinois' concealed carry legislation that was made law last week. Legislators had to comply after a federal appeals found the state's last-in-the-nation concealed carry ban unconstitutional. The new law gives local entities 10 days to come up with new or updated legislation of their own.
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