Quinn specifically pushed for passage of the Illinois Public Safety Act at a news conference in Morgan Park where he was campaigning. The legislation would prohibit all law-abiding citizens with state-issued FOID from selling or transferring any government-defined "assault weapons" -- except to family members.
Paul Schimpf, the Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General, responded to Quinn's comments, saying:
“This morning's press conference is more political demagoguery from Pat Quinn. The proposed solutions would not have prevented the tragedies that occurred over the holiday weekend. The City of Chicago’s murder rate has flourished under the strictest gun control laws in the county. The focus should be on enforcing existing law by arresting and prosecuting those who commit crimes with guns. Illinois needs an Attorney General who will ensure that our constitutional freedoms and civil rights are not sacrificed to score political points.”