As part of continued efforts at the Capitol to reduce gun violence, State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) and fellow members moved to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks in a legislative initiative approved by the Illinois Senate on March 14.
“After all of the recent tragedies, the public safety of our kids and everyone has come into question; and it’s clear we need to make steps toward a safer state,” said Curran. “I sponsored a bump stock ban, Senate Bill 2247, that contains more consideration to law-abiding gun owners but it still awaits a committee hearing. The ultimate priority is to remove these dangerous devices from the market and potentially prevent future harm and mass shootings. I see a great deal of identical language in House Bill 1467 and I know the sponsors and I share the common goal of making our schools and the public safer.”
House Bill 1467 would ban the sales, manufacturing, purchase and possession of “bump stocks,” a device attachment that allows a semiautomatic rifle to fire faster, and “trigger cranks” a device that can pull a trigger more quickly than a human could. The bill sets the penalty for the possession of these items at the same level as possession of an actual machine gun.
Similar to Curran’s bump stock ban, the legislation was introduced as a response to the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas and the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida—after bump stocks were found at the scene of the Las Vegas shooter, as a way to target more victims.
The morning of the vote, Curran joined several Senate lawmakers in an organized “walkout” of the State Capitol to honor the students and staff members who lost their lives in the tragic Parkland school shooting and all victims of gun violence.
“The remembrance in honor of all those who lost their lives in the Parkland shooting was a sobering experience and a true call to action for all of us lawmakers to continue the conversations around public safety and violence and make an impact at the state level,” said Curran.
House Bill 1467 now moves to the House of Representatives for approval.