The Illinois Senate Executive Committee has passed a bill that would ban the sale and delivery of high-capacity gun magazines with more than 10 rounds. The bill, which was introduced Friday by State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), is now headed for full consideration by the Senate.
Gov. Pat Quinn applauded the bill's passage through the committee and pressed the full legislature to pass the measure.
Today, we took the first step towards banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois, which will make our communities safer. By adopting Senate Bill 1002, Illinois would join 10 other states across the country that put reasonable restrictions on the size of these weapons.
Over the past two days we have heard first-hand about the horrifying damage that high-capacity ammunition magazines can inflict. I am incredibly grateful to the Sandy Hook Elementary parents who have traveled to Illinois to share their stories and lend their voices to this important mission. We must work together on responsible gun laws to help ensure that what happened in Tucson, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn. does not ever happen here.
I thank the members of the Senate Executive Committee for advancing this measure today. I urge members of both houses to take up this common sense public safety policy in the days to come.
Read more about the bill here.