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'We're gonna make felons out of taxpayers': Illinois bans semiautomatic rifles that carry over 10 rounds

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Democrats have imposed a ban on the sale, manufacture, and possession of semiautomatic weapons in Illinois. The state joins eight others plus the District of Columbia that similarly have infringed upon citizens' ability to procure such weapons.

State Senate President Don Harmon and state House Speaker Emanuel Welch suggested in a joint statement with Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) that the gun ban is one of the "strongest" in the country, "making Illinois' gun laws a model for the nation."

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