Senate panel approves bans on assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines

SPRINGFIELD-Driven by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, gun-control legislation designed to ban assault weapons and the ammunition that feeds them passed a Senate panel late Wednesday, setting the stage for likely floor votes on Thursday.

The Democratic measures advanced out of the Senate Public Health Committee, which historically has been dominated by gun-control advocates, on party-line votes.

“The goal is to reduce the amount of incidents that occur where there are a significant amount of people shot in a short period of time,” said Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), the chief Senate sponsor of legislation banning the sale and possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines that allow shooters to fire at high speeds without reloading.

His proposal, which passed by a 6-3 vote, accompanied a measure sponsored by Sen. Antonio Munoz (D-Chicago) that would impose similar restrictions on military-style weapons, like the ones used in last month’s murders of 26 people in Connecticut, 20 of whom were children.

Both measures were fought by the National Rifle Association.

“You don’t hunt with a 50-caliber weapon, my friend,” Munoz derisively told NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde before the panel voted for the weapons ban by a 6-4 vote.

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  • Hmmmm

    The right to bear arms shall not be infringed. So says the Constitution. The traitors in Congress are saying that it is just a god damn piece of paper. Clearly the rule of law is no longer based on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. So it begs the question: what exactly is the rule of law based on? The answer is of course; what ever the government wants it to be…. In short we have tyranny. We have a government out of control who answer only to the elites. That is the 1/100th of 1 percent that are calling all the shots now. No country can operate under such corruption without destroying itself.

    • It’s based on what we will put up with. They are domestic enemies (“…enemies foreign and domestic?”). They said the words when they took office. They are accountable to them.

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