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About 60 people took part in a vigil in Champaign last night for stricter gun control laws.

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America held the vigil to observe the fifth year since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.

Since that shooting, Moms Demand Action has seen success in getting individual states to pass strict gun laws. But Illinois Chapter Leader Lauren Quinn says Congress has been a different story.

Illinois House Buries 'Bump Stock' Ban

Oct 27, 2017

The Illinois House today tried — and failed — to ban the gun modification known as a “bump stock.” The law was proposed as a response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Bump stocks use a semiautomatic rifle’s recoil to make it fire more like a fully-automatic weapon. The devices can make semiautomatic rifle fire almost as quickly as machine guns.

The Las Vegas gunman used several bump stocks to maximize casualties among country music fans attending a festival.

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State and federal legislators from Illinois are proposing new laws in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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A proposal meant to address Chicago’s gun violence is being met with some strong resistance from African-American lawmakers.

 

The bill would lock up repeat gun offenders for longer periods. It’s been pushed by Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent for years, but there’s now increased pressure to pass something.

 

State Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, said there are concerns that simply putting people in prison for up to 14 years won’t have beneficial effects.

 

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U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor yesterday. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, was among several Illinois representatives sitting on the chamber floor in front of the Speaker’s empty podium.

Their protest comes two days after four pieces of gun control legislation were blocked Monday in the U.S. Senate. Bustos called the proposals “common sense” measures that are long overdue.

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