House votes to ban semi-automatic weapons, pending Senate decision

John O’Connor – AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (AP) — Gov. JB Pritzker’s campaign pledge to ban dozens of semi-automatic weapons received approval from the Illinois House of Representatives early Friday.

The House voted 64 to 43 to outlaw .50 caliber gun and cartridgedoes not define the term semi-automatic, but lists specific types or brands of twenty pistols and five dozen rifles. was. Fourth of July Parade in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield A gunman killed 7 people and injured 30.

Mr. Pritzker made such a ban a major point of his re-election last year.he will Inaugurated for second term on Monday.

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The version approved by the House of Representatives is Alternative measures filed late Thursday House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch said the move would increase maximum magazine capacity from 10 to 12 and would allow anyone under the age of 21 to obtain a firearms identification card required to handle a gun in Illinois. Removed previous prohibition.

The curfew will also be extended from six months in advance to one year if it is determined that self-harm or harm to others has occurred.

Critics argued that the law was unconstitutional and would not survive challenge in court.

Ed Sullivan, a lobbyist for the Illinois Rifle Association, said in a U.S. Supreme Court case last summer that New York state’s requirement that those seeking a covert carry permit show “good cause” requires regular self-defense. Citizens who claim to have been found to be prevented from exercising their commonly used Second Amendment rights. firearms.

“These were firearms in common use, and the court ruled that all weapons in common use today are the same as they were in 1791.

Pundits also complained about the confiscation of now-legal firearms by the government, something Hillside Democrat Welch attempted to counter in the House of Representatives.

“We don’t take guns from legal gun owners,” Welch said. Also, not everyone agrees with the solutions presented. But what we do know is that gun violence is affecting communities in every corner of the state. “

The bill will be moved to the Senate and will need 30 votes to pass in this lame duck session, which ends on Tuesday, the day before the new General Assembly is sworn in.

“These are very important issues, and the Senate Democratic Caucus is committed to enacting the most effective legislation possible,” said Oak Park, a spokesman for Senate Speaker Don Harmon. John Patterson said. “

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