State and federal legislators from Illinois are proposing new laws in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Both U.S. Senators — Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth — joined fellow Democrats in sponsoring legislation to ban the sale of a device known as a “bump stock.” That’s a legal modification that makes a regular rifle fire like a machine gun.
Although Republicans stopped short of endorsing a new law, U.S. Reps. Adam Kinzinger, Rodney Davis and Mike Bost called on the ATF to review an earlier decision that said the government could not regulate bump stocks.
Meanwhile, at the state level, Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, filed a much broader gun-control package (House Bill 4107).
The measure bans not just bump stocks but also high-capacity magazines, .50-caliber rifles, and the sale of so-called assault weapons. Currently owned semi-automatic rifles could be kept by their owners, but many would have to be registered with the Illinois State Police.
An Illinois-based representative of the National Rifle Association declined to comment. Moylan and Davis did not respond to requests for comment.