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updated: 12/19/2012 7:01 PM

Democrat says congressional hopefuls should back gun limits

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  • Former state Rep. Robin Kelly says she supports Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons, which a federal court ruled unconstitutional last week.

      Former state Rep. Robin Kelly says she supports Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons, which a federal court ruled unconstitutional last week.
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A Democrat hoping to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says her primary opponents should agree to her proposals to curb gun violence.

Former state Rep. Robin Kelly said Wednesday that her congressional rivals should "speak with one voice" in trying to prevent tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting Dec. 14.

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Her agenda includes refusing campaign contributions from "organizations that oppose reasonable gun-safety legislation."

Kelly also wants to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips and eliminate the "loophole" that allows firearm purchases at gun shows without a background check.

She also supports Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons, which a federal court ruled unconstitutional last week.

Jackson resigned in November, citing poor health and an unspecified federal investigation.

The primary is Feb. 26.

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