Ill. GOP candidates differ on changes to gun laws

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 8:50 p.m.CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 8:51 p.m.CDT
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Assault weapons and handguns are seen for sale Jan. 16 at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield. In a questionnaire for The Associated Press, the four GOP candidates for governor, state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and businessman Bruce Rauner disagree on whether assault-style weapons should be banned. They also disagree on whether to support a measure creating minimum prison sentences for gun crimes.

SPRINGFIELD – The four Republican candidates for Illinois governor disagree on whether assault-style weapons should be banned.

Candidates' answers to a questionnaire from The Associated Press show they also disagree on whether to support a measure creating minimum prison sentences for gun crimes.

Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Bill Brady say they could support it if the measure doesn't restrict gun rights. State Sen. Kirk Dillard opposes the measure. Businessman Bruce Rauner has concerns.

The measure stalled in the Illinois House last year. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports it.

Dillard says he could support an assault-style weapons ban. He says it depends on how the law is written. Rutherford and Brady oppose it. Rauner says he wants a balance of safety and rights.

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