Senate passes three gun control bills after staging walkout

Senate passes three gun control bills after staging walkout

It was a day of action at Illinois’ statehouse as gun safety measures dominated the conversation Wednesday.

After lawmakers staged a walkout to stand in solidarity with students calling attention to gun violence, they passed three gun safety measures.

The measure that garnered the most debate was one that’d increase the legal age to own assault-style weapons from 18 to 21.

It's House Bill 1465.

The Senate amended that bill so people under 21 who already have these guns won't face criminal charges.

It squeaked out of the Senate on a 33-22 party-line vote.

The measure now goes back to the House for a final vote.

Another bill that gained Senate approval Wednesday would ban bump stocks.

That's House Bill 1467, which was also amended and heads back to the House for final action.

The final bill, House Bill 1468, would extend the time a person must wait to get an assault-style weapon after they purchase one.

Right now, the required wait time is 24 hours; this bill extends it to 72.

That measure has approval from both chambers and now heads to the governor’s desk.

Another measure that was expected to be called Wednesday was an override to Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of the Gun Dealer Licensing Act.

Bill sponsor Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, released the following statement Wednesday:

“I wasn’t able to move to override the governor’s veto today, because the Senate has yet to receive his veto.
“Assuming we receive it by the time we return on April 10, I will move to override it, and I am hopeful that my colleagues will join me in making sure this commonsense measure becomes law.”

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