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Illinois House Shuts Down Bill That Would Tighten Gun Control

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The Illinois state House rejected a gun control measure by a vote of 54-48 Thursday, that would have banned bump stocks and other devices that allow guns and rifles to fire ammunition faster.

The bill was brought before the House by Democratic Rep. Marty Moylan in response to the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, according to The Illinois News Network.

Critics felt the bill’s language was too broad and would lead to confusion, making law abiding gun owners into criminals. If passed into law, the bill would have made owning weapons with trigger enhancements a Class 2 felony, carrying a sentence of three to seven years in prison.

One of the main opponents of the bill, Democratic Rep. Jerry Costello, spoke with The Daily Caller News Foundation and said the proposal was too broad and unfairly targeted average citizens and competition shooters.

“The bill as written was way to broad in nature. If you look at page 22 of the bill dealing with accelerated rate of fire, this could apply to virtually any type of gun not just semi autos retro fitted to mimic an auto,” Costello said. “It also would turn many competition shooters into class 2 felons. Many of their guns are modified or custom.  I have the world shooting complex in my district and it has a 24 million dollar annual economic impact on Southern Illinois and our State.”

Democratic Rep. Chris Welch, who supports the bill, said lawmakers shouldn’t turn their backs on their constituents in favor of gun manufacturers. “We don’t represent gun dealers and manufacturers. We represent people,” Welch said.

Ten Democrats voted agains the bill and 16 members from both parties were not present for the vote and avoided going on record. A similar watered down bill seeking to regulate bump stocks has been filed by Republican Rep. Barb Wheeler, but has thus far stalled in the Rules Committee.

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