State and federal legislators from Illinois are proposing new laws in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Both of Illinois’ U.S. senators — Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth — joined fellow Democrats in sponsoring legislation to ban the sale of a device known as a “bump stock.” That’s a legal modification that makes a regular rifle fire like a machine gun.
Although Republicans stopped short of endorsing a new law, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis and Mike Bost called on the ATF to review an earlier decision that said the government could not regulate bump-stocks.
Meanwhile, in Illinois, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, filed a much broader gun-control package (House Bill 4107).
It’s basically a gun-control advocate’s wish-list: banning not just bump stocks, but also high-capacity magazines, .50-caliber rifles, and the sale of so-called assault weapons. (Currently owned semi-automatic rifles could be kept by their owners, but many would have to be registered with the Illinois State Police.)
An Illinois-based representative of the National Rifle Association declined to comment. Moylan and Davis did not respond to requests for comment.