Gun Control

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Gov. Rod Blagojevich has vetoed three bills that he says would have weakened laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

One bill called for elimination of an Illinois State Police
database that tracks firearms purchases. Another piece of legislation would have eliminated the waiting period for gun owners trading in firearms. That measure would have allowed gun owners to trade-in a hunting rifle or small handgun for a military-style assault weapon without delay.

A third bill would have overridden local laws regulating the
transport of firearms. Blagojevich says vetoing the measures better protects families and communities. The National Rifle Association had supported all three bills.