Police chiefs push assault weapons ban

July 19, 2004 at 6:28 PM

CHICAGO, July 19 (UPI) -- Illinois police chiefs and Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky are asking House Speaker Dennis Hastert to bring a bill extending an assault weapons ban to a vote.

The federal ban on several types of military-style, semi-automatic assault weapons is set to expire Sept. 13 unless Congress extends it. President George Bush has said he would sign an extension if Congress renews the ban, but the legislation is caught up in election year politics.

Hastert, R-Ill., said he won't move the weapons ban extension to the House floor without the president's support. Bush says he's waiting for Congress to act.

"President Bush and the Republican leadership in Congress are trying to have it both ways on the assault weapons ban, saying they support the ban but refusing to take any action," Schakowsky, D-Ill., told a news conference.

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence released a list of 111 Illinois police chiefs and sheriff's who want the assault weapons ban renewed before September.

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