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Nekritz: Assault Weapons Ban Unlikely in Lame-Duck




    A key lawmaker says legislation restricting assault weapons isn't likely to come up in the final days of the lame-duck session.

    State Rep. Elaine Nekritz chairs a House judiciary committee that was scheduled Sunday to take up a bill limiting assault weapons. But the Northbrook Democrat says since the Senate didn't vote on similar legislation last week, there was no reason for the House to take it up.

    She doesn't expect an assault weapons ban to come up before new lawmakers are sworn in on Wednesday.

    Last week, a Senate committee approved curbs on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, but those bills didn't move to the floor.

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    The Senate adjourned Thursday. President John Cullerton says senators could return Tuesday.