Gun bills advance in Illinois legislature

Gun bills advance in Illinois legislature

Hide caption In this Jan. 16, 2013, file photo, assault weapons and hand guns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, file) @brendenmoore13 Some of the less-controversial proposals in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s public safety package have begun to move through the Illinois General Assembly as standalone bills ahead of the body’s adjournment on Thursday. Among them, Senate Bill 3256, mandating a 72-hour waiting period following the purchase of a firearm, passed the Illinois House 72-44 , a veto-proof majority, and heads to the Senate for approval. The legislation is similar to an earlier bill that established a waiting period following the purchase of an assault weapon. That bill, House Bill 1468, was stopped in its tracks by Gov. Bruce Rauner a few weeks ago. Using his amendatory veto powers, Rauner essentially rewrote that bill, using it as a vehicle to propose a comprehensive package of public safety proposals. Though Rauner included the 72-hour cooling period for all guns, he also added riders like the reinstatement of the death penalty for cop killers and mass murderers, banning bump stocks, and a “red flag” provision that allows for guns to temporarily be taken from those deemed a danger to themselves or others. While lawmakers held hearings on Rauner’s proposal, they have largely dealt with the various items as separate issues, acknowledging the difficulty of forging a coalition to pass such a divergent menu of proposals. The current iteration of the cooling period legislation […]

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