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Quinn says more work needed on gun sentences bill

Published: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 1:30 p.m. CST

WHEELING (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says he favors a "comprehensive approach" when it comes to a bill that toughens gun crime sentences.

The Chicago Democrat has long favored gun control, including attempts to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. He also opposed Illinois' concealed carry legislation, which lawmakers had to approve in order to comply with a court order.

Quinn told reporters Thursday that a bill proposing mandatory minimum sentences sponsored by state Rep. Mike Zalewski is "by no means a final product" but would not specify how he'd change it.

The measure requires a 3-year prison sentence for illegally carrying a loaded gun. Zalewski called off a committee vote this week to meet with opponents.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the bill will help combat city violence.

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The bill is SB1342

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