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  • Illinois Senate leads on gun safety changes (VIDEO)

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  • Raoul measure lets municipalities regulate assault weapons

    raoul 031518Measure passed today also bans the sale and use of bump stocks

    SPRINGFIELD —  One month after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, that took the lives of 17 students and teachers, State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) passed legislation in the Senate allowing municipalities to regulate assault weapons and banning the use of bump stocks and trigger cranks.

    Currently, the authority to regulate assault weapons rests exclusively with the state, but this legislation returns that power to local governments.

    The measure also makes it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase or possess bump stocks and trigger cranks.

    “Students around the country walked out today to remember the victims of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, and urge lawmakers to take action,” Raoul said. “I was proud to join my colleagues in a bipartisan show of support for them. But we are in a unique situation. We can do more than host a symbolic demonstration. We can take action, and I am proud that we did today.”

    Today’s vote coincided with a national school walk out, during which thousands of students peacefully protested gun violence and urged legislators to take action. Raoul joined members of the Illinois Senate this morning in a 20-minute walk out in solidarity with the students.

    House Bill 1467 passed the Senate 37-16 and now returns to the House for a concurrence vote.

  • Silverstein votes to ban assault weapons for those under 21, along with bump stocks and a longer cooling off period

    silverstein walkout 031518SPRINGFIELD– Long-time gun safety advocate Senator Ira Silverstein spoke in the Senate today about his commitment to banning assault weapons in Illinois. House Bill 1465, which would stop those under 21 from purchasing assault weapons. It passed in the Senate this afternoon along with additional gun safety measures House Bill 1467 and 1468.

    “Assault weapons have no place in our communities. Personally, I believe that means in the hands of those over 21 years of age as well,” Silverstein said. “All three bills we are considering today will almost certainly save lives. Assault weapons and bump stocks are nothing more than killing machines.”

    Silverstein is the chief sponsor of Senate Bill 3297, which would ban the sale of assault weapons statewide to all ages.

    The three measures passed today include:

    House Bill 1465 - House Bill 1465 prohibits the sale or transfer of an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle or large capacity magazine to an individual under the age of 21.

    House Bill 1467 - House Bill 1467 makes it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase or possess bump-stocks and trigger cranks. As amended, the bill allows municipalities to regulate assault weapons as long as the regulation is not less restrictive than state law.

    House Bill 1468 - House Bill 1468 increases the waiting period to receive an assault weapon after purchase from 24 hours to 72 hours. This mirrors the existing waiting period for handguns.

    “A student who survived the Parkland, Fla. school shooting wrote to me, interested in my assault weapon ban bill. They are looking to lawmakers to follow their lead for a change – not that of the NRA,” Silverstein said. “This is my intention, too.”

    “Our young people are watching. My children are watching, as are likely many of yours. If they can’t have faith in us to protect them, what are we saying to them?”

    The three bills passed in the Senate today.

    PHOTO: Senator Silverstein joins his Senate colleagues at today's National Walkout to support students walking out of school for gun safety.

     

  • Murphy, Moylan support bump stock ban

    murphy 021617SPRINGFIELD – Following passage in the House, State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) will serve as the chief co-sponsor of legislation to ban bump stocks in Illinois.

    “I do not believe that there is any reason anyone should be able to modify a gun to make it an automatic weapon,” Murphy said. “Sensible gun legislation is a start to preventing mass shootings and preventing access to this tool is a good start.”

    House Bill 1467 bans the sale, manufacture, purchase, possession or carrying of a bump stock or trigger crank. A bump stock attaches to a rifle to make the weapon fire more quickly. House Bill 1467 is currently in the Senate Assignments Committee.