(AP) — A plan to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois has failed in the Senate.
Senators voted 28-31 Friday. The legislation would have banned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and bill sponsor Sen. Dan Kotowski (kuh-TOW’-skeez) lobbied for the bill with parents of children fatally shot Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn. The parents of three children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School gave emotional testimony at the State Capitol.
Kotowski says legislation would exempt police, military and shooting competitions.
However, Todd Vandermyde (VAN’-dur-meyed) of the National Rifle Association has said he should have the same weapons as police to protect his family.
In a statement Quinn says he’s disappointed lawmakers didn’t approve “common sense legislation.”