An Associated Press questionnaire revealed Illinois' seven GOP gubernatorial candidates' responses on an assault weapons ban -- a question that gun rights advocates use to interpret candidates' views on the Second Amendment. Four opposed, one said without more information, the question was "difficult to answer", two said they'd sign such legislation if certain criteria was met:
- Adam Andrzejewski: "Would veto a ban on semiautomatic 'assault weapons' in most circumstances. It comes down (to) law abiding citizens having the right to defend their life, liberty and property."
- Bill Brady: "I am opposed to any further restrictions to the ownership of firearms as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and would veto legislation banning the sale and possession of semiautomatic weapons."
- Kirk Dillard: "Without having more sufficient detail, including the definition of an "assault-style weapon," and for what circumstances the use of these weapons would be approved, this question is difficult to answer."
- Andy McKenna: "I believe in the Second Amendment and law abiding citizen's right to own firearms to protect their families and for sporting purposes.
- Dan Proft: "I would veto such legislation. ... I believe arbitrary gun bans are unconstitutional and would oppose such bans."
- Jim Ryan: "I would sign it provided it was narrowly drawn and did not violate our 2nd Amendment rights."
- Bob Schillerstrom: "I would sign constitutionally sound legislation banning assault weapons in Illinois."