The Illinois House, led by a group of Democrats that are consistently on the front lines of the gun debate, passed a package of legislation yesterday that checked a lot of the boxes on reforms that have been called for since the murders in Parkland, Florida two weeks ago.
The Illinois House has passed bills banning bump stock devices and has raised the minimum age to purchase a gun in the state amid a flurry of votes on gun reform.
By a vote of 83-31, the House voted to ban the sale, manufacture, purchase, possession, or carrying of the controversial devices, which were used in a Las Vegas mass shooting that left 59 people dead and nearly 600 wounded.
The House has also voted to raise the minimum age to purchase an assault weapon to 21 in a much closer vote, with a 64-51 majority supporting the legislation.
Other bills approved by the body yesterday would curtail "straw purchasing" and institute a 72 hour "cooling off period" or waiting period before the purchase of any assault weapons in the state. The Democrats behind the legislation are some familiar names - Michelle Mussman, Martin Moylan, Jonathan Carroll, and Daniel Burke - who amended legislation to pass these provisions over the objection of the NRA, which whipped votes in opposition.
Standing with the reformers was Chicago Cardinal Blase Caupich:
Cupich said “sensible gun-safety regulations” will not infringe on legitimate rights of law-abiding people to use guns.
“It’s is now up to those we elect to serve the common good to act to stop the rampant violence that has turned our schools, our churches, theaters and our streets into places of slaughter,” Cupich said.
The cardinal said the “youth of our nation are shaming the adult world into action.”
LEAP Forward has graded SUPPORT on all these bills.