Democrat Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (photo right) is urging Illinois communities to consider banning assault-style weapons before new legislation is signed that could prohibit local governments from doing so in the future.
“We have seen the tragic results assault weapons have had on our streets, in our schools, movie theaters and more,” Simon said in a statement yesterday. “The clock is ticking, so I encourage mayors and local officials to act now to ban assault weapons and retain local control over this important issue.”
Simon told the AP she wanted to be sure home rule communities are aware of the deadline. “It’s sort of `do it now or you can’t go back,”’ she said. “It’s a choice I want them to have.”
Simon announced in February that she will not seek re-election as lieutenant governor. Asked about her future aspirations, Simon said the attorney general’s post is “one of things I’m looking at,” but said it’s “all still speculation.”