Raoul measure bans bump stocks, trigger cranks (VIDEO)

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SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) passed legislation today making it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase or possess bump stocks and trigger cranks.  

Bump stocks and trigger cranks are both attachments that modify firearms to fire at a faster rate, close to that of a machine gun. Twelve of the rifles recovered from a hotel room after a gunman killed 58 people and injured 546 in Las Vegas were equipped with bump stocks.

“There are a lot of passionate voices on this issue, but one thing I hope we are all passionate about as lawmakers is keeping the people of Illinois safe,” Raoul said. “This is a simple step, but one that has the potential to save lives.”

The measure drew bipartisan support as calls continue to grow nationwide for tighter gun laws.

Senate Bill 2343 passed the Senate 38-10 and heads to the House for consideration.