Illinois House rejects ban on firearms

From SJ-R Online

By Doug Finke

A bill to ban the devices that increased the firepower of the Las Vegas shooter fell short in the Illinois House Thursday.

The House voted 48-54 to ban devices known as bump stocks, which are used to greatly increase the rate of fire of weapons. House Bill 4117 needed 71 votes to pass.

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was in possession of several of the devices when he fired into a crowd killing 58 people and wounding hundreds of others.

“Bump stocks do not have a legitimate purpose,” said sponsoring Rep. Martin Moylan, D-Des Plaines. “The only function of bump stocks is to quickly kill as many people as possible.”

However, gun rights proponents from both parties said Moylan’s bill went too far. In addition to banning bump stocks, the proposal would ban weapons that had trigger modifications that increased their rate of fire. Several representatives said that competitive shooters often modify the triggers of guns to fire faster in timed competitions.

“With this bill, you’re turning law-abiding citizens into criminals,” said Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville.

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