Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 19, 2012

Kelly: Congress hopefuls should back gun limits


Associated Press

CHICAGO — A Democrat hoping to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says her primary opponents should agree to her proposals to curb gun violence.

Former state Rep. Robin Kelly said Wednesday that her congressional rivals should "speak with one voice" in trying to prevent tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting Dec. 14.

Her agenda includes refusing campaign contributions from "organizations that oppose reasonable gun-safety legislation."

Kelly also wants to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips and eliminate the "loophole" that allows firearm purchases at gun shows without a background check.

She also supports Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons which a federal court ruled unconstitutional last week.

Jackson resigned in November, citing poor health and an unspecified federal investigation.

The primary is Feb. 26.