Much could be said of HB4120 Bump Stock Ban. For now I'll simply reiterate that IllinoisCarry opposes bills banning firearm accessories, including this bill.
We stand ready to fight, if we must.
Republican sponsor of Ill. bump stock ban insulted bill remains in committee
By Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network
ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK
The Democrat-controlled Illinois legislature passed up an opportunity to approve a bipartisan and gun-rights group-supported bill to ban a controversial firearm add-on, and its unlikely theyll act on anything soon.
In the aftermath of last months Las Vegas mass shooting where the shooter used bump stock devices to accelerate the rate of fire for semiautomatic rifles, killing 58 and injuring hundreds, the Illinois House overwhelmingly voted down a measure from state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, that would have banned any trigger modification, even modifications opponents said were common for sports shooters.
The chief sponsor of a different measure that would ban only the controversial bump stock devices said its insulting her bill is stuck in a committee controlled by Speaker Michael Madigan.
State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, told Moylan his bill was an overreach.
Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said the reason Democrats failed at getting a simple bump stock ban to pass is they overreached and tried to outlaw much more.
Wheelers bill banning only bump stocks never saw the light of day.
Its insulting when something as important as this bump stock [ban] that has bipartisan support, that is supported by the Illinois State Rifle Association, cant even get out of Rules [Committee], she said.
Take a look at House Bill 4120, Wheeler said she told Madigan, D-Chicago, on the House floor following the failure of Moylans bill last month. It has bipartisan support. Were 100 percent committed to pass this bill. He was very open to looking at the bill and unfortunately we didnt see it the second week of veto [session]."
State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, a cosponsor of Wheelers bill, said shell continue to work on getting the bill passed.
Pearson said even when government has measures in place to keep bad actors from getting firearms, theyve failed to follow through.
Pearson also noted a 2012 audit finding in Illinois that showed almost all Illinois counties not reporting potentially ineligible FOID card holders to state police as they were required to by law.
We had to have a conference with county officials to make sure they were passing along the information, Pearson said. The problem we always seem to find here is that the government wants more laws but then the government doesnt use the ones they have or even possibly know about them.