Proposed bans on certain types of guns and large-capacity ammunition magazines are now being pushed in the Illinois House of Representatives.
The proposed bans are the same ones that Chicago Democrats attempted to pass last week in the Illinois Senate. The measures now are part of legislation filed Saturday in the House by Rep. Edward Acevedo, D-Chicago.
House members are in Springfield through Tuesday for a lame-duck session in the final days of the 97th General Assembly.
The proposed ban of what the bill calls assault weapons and large-capacity clips is outlined in an amendment to Senate Bill 2899, a bill that originally involved probation officers.
It would ban specific semiautomatic guns such as the Colt AR-15, the Intratec Tec-9, the Beretta AR-70, Kalashnikovs, and makes such as Norinco and Uzi. It also would ban any semiautomatic shotgun that has a revolving cylinder, a folding or telescoping stock, a pistol grip or thumbhole stock, or a shroud that encircles the barrel to prevent burning the shooter's non-trigger hand.
It also would ban any semiautomatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and has one of five other characteristics, such as a weight exceeding 50 ounces when unloaded.
In addition, it would ban semiautomatic rifles with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 bullets. Also on the list: semiautomatic rifles that accept detachable magazines and have one of three other characteristics, such as a pistol grip or thumbhole stock.
A similar proposal cleared a Senate committee Wednesday, but the Chicago Democrats who were pushing it decided against calling it for a full vote before the Senate, apparently because they lacked enough votes to pass it. They had been counting on support from one or more senators who were absent.
The measure in the House is expected to be heard Sunday by the Judiciary Civil Law Committee. If the committee approves the bill, it would go to the House floor for a vote. Then it would need approval in the Senate and the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn to become law. Quinn has been pushing for such a ban.
People who already own any of the listed weapons would be able to keep them, but the weapons would have to be registered with Illinois State Police, at a fee of $10 or $15 per gun.
Passing a gun ban in the House probably won't be any easier than passing one in the Senate. Last year, the House nearly passed a bill allowing the concealed-carry of firearms, and that measure required a super-majority for passage. But gun opponents believe bans on assault weapons now have more support, after the Connecticut shootings that claimed 26 lives at a school.
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