The state Legislature in Illinois is scrambling to pass two bills that would restrict semi-automatic guns and high-capacity magazines before its session runs out on Jan. 9. The Senate was expected to vote on these bills yesterday, but Democrats pulled the vote in face of mounting opposition.
One of the bills would restrict the possession, delivery, sale, and transfer of semi-automatic rifles and handguns. The NRA says this ban would take 50 percent of guns off the market in Illinois, according to the Quad City Times.
“I’ve never seen a piece of legislation that tramples on so many court decisions,” NRA Lobbyist Todd Vandermyde told Foxnews.com.
Opponents of the bill say it’s the assault weapons ban “on steroids.”
The second bill would limit magazines to 10 rounds or fewer.
The two pieces of legislation have run into plenty of opposition from state and national gun rights groups. On the other side, Illinois House and Senate Democrats support the bills along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Both bills made it out of committee with votes down party lines.
From Foxnews.com: “The mayor of one of the most gun-controlled cities in the country, praised the committee passage and says even stronger regulations are required to protect communities. He added that there is a need ‘for common-sense laws that provide the residents of our cities with the safety they deserve.'”