Gun control legislation advances in Illinois state Senate

by  |  published on January 4, 2013

A state Senate panel in Illinois has approved bans on both assault weapons and high capacity clips. A floor vote on the measures, which come in the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre, is expected on Thursday.

The two initiatives were backed by the historically Democrat-dominated Senate Public Health Committee.

“The goal is to reduce the amount of incidents that occur where there are a significant amount of people shot in a short period of time,” said state Senator Dan Kotowski, one of the ban’s sponsors, the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported.

Gun advocates fought both measures, arguing that they would unnecessarily restrict responsible gun owners and threaten thousands of jobs at the state’s 60 gun manufacturers, Illinois-based daily the Pantagraph reported.

“A ban is a knee-jerk reaction,” Jay Keller, executive director of the Illinois Firearms Manufacturers’ Association told members of the panel. “Please, take a step back.”

The Senate may vote on the measures as soon as Thursday, with the legislation expected to pass by a narrow margin.

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