By Associated Press - Thursday, February 27, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The four Republicans bidding for Illinois governor are debating whether assault-style guns should be legal.

State treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner and State Sen. Bill Brady say they’d back the state allowing the high-capacity weapons if owners passed a background check and were properly trained.

Rauner says there needs to be a careful balance between public safety and constitutional rights.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard said the issue is one for Congress. He says he’s concerned about high capacity weapons and public safety.

The candidates debated Thursday at WLS-TV studios in Chicago.

A proposed statewide ban backed by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn was pulled from consideration last year in Springfield.

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