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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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Illinois Democrats are advancing plans preventing people with mental illnesses from legally owning firearms.

The plans target state gun owner's identification cards, which allow people to possess firearms. The bills are up for consideration this month by the House and Senate chambers.

One plan would temporarily suspend gun permits of people who show signs of being a danger to themselves or others.

A petition could be filed in any circuit court by someone who lives with the person. Gun rights advocates say that infringes on constitutional rights.

State of Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker wants Wisconsin's attorney general to challenge President Barack Obama's gun control plan.

Walker said in a statement Wednesday that he believes Obama overstepped his authority when he announced an executive action to expand mandatory background checks to gun shows, flea markets and online sales.

Walker says Obama has created uncertainty for law-abiding citizens who want to sell guns and could deprive millions of Americans of their gun rights without any indication of imminent danger.

He called the plan an illegal act.

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