The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear a gun bill named after
Chicago shooting victim, Hadiya Pendleton, Thursday.
bill, sponsored by U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Dick Durbin (D-IL),
Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), addresses straw purchasers and makes it illegal for a person to purchase a gun with the
intent to sell or give it to someone else. Durbin and Kirk are chief sponsors of the bill.
It is the first piece of legislation to concentrate on straw purchasers, or someone with a clean record who buys a gun for someone else.
often families in Illinois and across the country lose loved ones from
illegal gun violence," said Kirk in a statement. "One of my top
priorities this year is to pass legislation that will dry up the supply
of illegal weapons to dangerous drug gangs, like the Gangster Disciples
and Vice Lords, who commit these senseless acts."
killed on January 29 in a park near the Hyde Park home of President Obama. Her death put Chicago’s gun violence on the map, drawing
First Lady Michelle Obama to her funeral. Her parents attended the
State of the Union address and sat at the first lady’s side while
President Obama mentioned Pendleton in his speech, which urged Congress to
pass gun control measures such as banning assault weapons and
high-capacity ammunition clips and requiring background checks for all
"This bipartisan bill will crack down on the illegal trafficking of
guns and impose strict punishments for straw purchasers. Buying a gun
for another to use in a crime will mean a hard time-federal crime,”
Durbin said in a statement.