Shall the Illinois General Assembly enact the Illinois Public Safety Act (Senate Bill 3659) which would require universal background checks for firearm transfers and prohibit the sale and transfer of assault weapons, assault weapon attachments, and high capacity ammunition magazines?
And what the voters decide November 4th on the question will mean nothing - it will only "advise" the Illinois General Assembly as to whether they should pass SB 3659 - which would initiate an assault weapons sale ban in Cook County. The General Assembly is not compelled to act on the voters' recommendation.
What the question on the ballot will do is turn out gun control activists and voters not informed about the vague definition and identification of assault weapons, their attachments, as well as "high capacity" magazines.
While Republicans criticize the referendum as a political stunt to get Democrats to the polls, none of the Republicans on the Cook County Board opposed the measure during Wednesday's vote. The Republicans - including Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider - all asked to be marked "Present."