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Morton Grove mayor calls meeting to discuss assault weapons ban

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MORTON GROVE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

In the wake of Illinois' new concealed carry gun regulations, Morton Grove has called for an emergency town hall meeting to discuss the possibility of banning assault weapons in the village, the Pioneer Press is reporting.

Mayor Dan DiMaria has scheduled the meeting for 7 p.m. Monday, July 15 at the American Legion Civic Center.

Illinois legislators overrode Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of House Bill 183 – the "Concealed Carry Act" — on Wednesday, July 9. The law allows local municipalities to ban assault weapons, if they choose, but the bans must be on the books within 10 days of the law's passing. That date is now officially July 19.

After July 19, the state law governs all use of weapons, and the new law has no specific prohibition on assault weapons. Any local ordinance enacted prior to the law's passing or during the 10-day window will be considered law for that local government.

Another major component is that each municipality can create its own definition of "assault weapon."

DiMaria said he ran for mayor on a platform of open government and the magnitude of a gun-related topic is too great for him and the trustees to arbitrarily rule over.

After Monday's town hall meeting, DiMaria is planning to hold a special village board meeting on Thursday, July 18 in which trustees will make a decision for or against any prohibition.

The Highland Park City Council voted to prohibit assault weapons on June 24, while the Skokie Village Board did the same on July 1. Park Ridge, Northbrook and Deerfield officials decided against bans.

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