An Illinois representative is introducing a bill to ban semi-automatic rifles

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — A state legislature is seeking to ban the sale of some guns in the state following a mass shooting earlier this year.

Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) introduced a bill that would ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles and magazines larger than 10 rounds. It would also raise the age of most gun owners in the state to 21, with the exception of members of the National Guard.

“It’s time we had the political courage to admit that guns are a problem and that we can do something about it,” Morgan said, pushing us to step up and reform the laws that have allowed gun violence to end goes on.”

Morgan represents Highland Park among other Chicago suburbs and was at Highland Park’s July 4th parade, which ended fatally. He headed a working group about gun violence after the tragedy.

“The idea that this mass shooting could happen at every Fourth of July parade across the state of Illinois resonated,” he said. “As I heard from people across the state, Democrats and Republicans, after July 4th, this is a majority support concept and we will get through it.”

Kathleen Sanches, president of the Action Committee to Prevent Gun Violence, said the ban is important for the safety of communities across the state.

“These weapons make shootings deadlier and deadlier,” Sanches said. “In one minute at Highland Park, 83 shots were fired in one minute. If that shooter had to stop and reload now, lives would have been saved.”

Gun advocates are fighting the law. Illinois State Rifle Association executive director Richard Pearson said they were “absolutely opposed” to additional restrictions.

“If they want to talk about putting criminals in jail, okay, let’s talk about them,” Pearson said. “You want to talk about proper enforcement legislation, we’re going to talk about it. But they want to talk about banning things from law-abiding citizens who have never committed a crime, never done anything, who have background checks every night of the week who were against it.”

Morgan tabled the bill with the intention of passing it in the 2023 Lame Duck session days. The bill would only need a simple majority to pass both chambers during the session Democrats are in. An Illinois representative is introducing a bill to ban semi-automatic rifles

Sarah Y. Kim

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