More counterproductive and ineffective gun-control measures are passed in Illinois.
Democrats prevailed in the lower chamber of the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday, sending one gun control bill to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk and three to the Senate for further consideration.
Headed to Rauner, a Republican, is a long-stalled Senate proposal to require additional licensing for gun stores in the Land of Lincoln. The trio of bills booted up to the Senate aims to ban bump stocks, establish a 72-hour waiting period for commonly owned semi-automatic rifles, and up the age to buy guns characterized as “assault weapons” to 21.
The licensing bill,SB 1657, has been kicking around Springfield for over a year and has been a hot-topic item among Second Amendment advocates in the state. As for gun control groups, they feel the proposed $1,000 five-year state permitting process for already federally-licensed gun dealers will help stop illegal guns from making it to the streets.
“The illegal trafficking of firearms in Illinois causes too many communities to experience heartache and pain,” said former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who is calling on Rauner to sign the bill. “Today, elected officials on both sides of the aisle had the courage to step up and act.”
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