10 round magazine

Illinois bill would ban sale of some gun magazines

by Tom Kacich, The News-Gazette  |  published on May 22, 2013

SPRINGFIELD — Senate Democrats combined with two suburban Republicans to approve a bill to ban the sale and distribution of firearms magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

An amendment to SB 1002, approved Monday by the Senate Executive Committee, now moves to the full Senate for its consideration.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge, was approved 12-3. All 10 Democrats on the committee voted for the measure, as did Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, and Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine.

The three votes against the bill came from Downstate Republican Sens. Dale Righter of Mattoon, Dave Syverson of Rockford and David Luechtefeld of Okawville.

“This is not a be-all and end-all solution to these circumstances,” said Murphy. “But the opportunity that a smaller capacity magazine provides for lives to be saved, while maybe unlikely, I think exists. I think there’s a chance that this bill could save lives and I think it’s worth taking that chance.”

Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, also acknowledged that the measure might have limited effectiveness.

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