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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Gun Control Legislation in Illinois,1,6540951.story?coll=chi-news-hed&ctrack=2&cset=true

Gov. Rod Blagojevich will amend a portion of a gun contol bill dealing with the destruction of gun purchases after 90 days while maintaining a provision for background checks at gun shows.

"The NRA might have thought they could force us to eliminate the database by attaching it to legislation that closes the problematic gun show loophole, but they were dead wrong," Blagojevich said in a statement. "We can and should keep gun transaction records and close the gun show loophole."

Blagojevich is showing a lot of bravado by doing this. He is placating his base in the Chicago and some surburban counties with this move. He is also angering people downstate who favor laws that make it easier and more anonymous to buy a gun. What will be the political implications of this move in next year's election?

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