Suburban legislators’ ‘present’ votes temporarily halt gun legislation in Illinois House

Suburban legislators' 'present' votes temporarily halt gun legislation in Illinois House

Rep. Kathleen Willis Three suburban Democratic lawmakers’ "present" votes temporarily halted legislation aimed at curbing gun violence in Illinois because of a disagreement over who could petition authorities for someone’s guns to be temporarily confiscated under a firearm restraining order. House Bill 1092 is expected to come up for a vote again once the Democrats agree. State Rep. Kathleen Willis of Addison, who worked for years on this issue, said she did not vote yes because the new bill altered the definition of a "family member" who could file such a petition to include "any former spouse (or) person with whom the respondent has or allegedly has a child in common." "We worked really hard" on the original wording, Willis said. "We had concerns that we did not want this to become a vindictive thing that someone could use in a divorce situation or just because you don’t like your neighbor or something like that." Democrats Sam Yingling of Grayslake and Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates voted "present" with Willis on Friday, as did Republican Minority Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs, causing the bill to fall one vote short of passing. Rep. Denyse Stoneback of Skokie, the sponsor, said "this is a bill that would prevent mass shootings, firearm suicides and firearm related domestic violence." Crespo said it was Willis’ argument on the House floor Friday that led him to vote "present." He said he agrees with the legislation in principle and might vote yes on it when […]

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