Illinois Senate adjourns Monday to resume session without vote on assault weapons ban – NBC Chicago


As Illinois senators debated a bill Sunday to help address the state’s shortage of bus drivers and another bill related to the length of turbine blades, many focused on whether lawmakers would vote to ban assault weapons.

Earlier this week, the Illinois House voted 64 to 43 to pass the Illinois Community Protection Act, a 77-page bill that serves as a legislative response to the tragic March 4 parade shooting. In July last year, seven people were killed and dozens injured in Highland Park.

“Every vote was fair, and my heart is lifted every day,” said Ashby Beasley, a survivor of the Highland Park shooting. Although the measure did not pass Sunday night, Beasley says he is confident the Illinois Senate will pass the ban, which, if approved, will go to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office.

Pritzker said he would sign the law.

“We have until January 11th to get him through the lame duck session,” Beasley said earlier this week. “And we remain very optimistic. We can’t wait for this to go to the Senate.”

The measure passed by the House of Representatives would make it illegal to sell or buy any assault weapon in Illinois. The bill would also make it illegal to possess such weapons 300 days after its passage. However, there are differences between the versions of the legislation that passed the House and are currently being considered in the Senate.

In a tweet on Sunday, Pritzker said Illinois needs a bill that “responds to the urgency of the moment” and that the current version is “not enough.”

“The people of this state deserve a real ban on assault weapons, a real record of the number of weapons currently in circulation, and a real opportunity to immediately stop the flow of other weapons of war…” he said. he emphasized.

Gun rights advocates plan to fight the bill if the Senate passes it.

The Illinois Rifle Association has questioned the bill’s legality.

“We believe this is unconstitutional,” said IRSA Executive Director Richard Pearson. “If it goes ahead and goes to the Senate and the governor signs it, he will certainly come back and sue it.”

Sunday night’s legislative session ended at 7:30 p.m., and state lawmakers will return at 9 a.m. Monday, with Senate Executive Committee hearings scheduled on gun and reproductive rights.

All state senators will return to session at 1:30 p.m., following the inauguration of Governor JB Pritzker and other state offices.

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