Members of the Illinois House are still talking about guns -- this time, a proposed ban on assault weapons. Amendments under consideration would ban the sale, purchase, trade and possession of a semi-automatic weapon. Republicans accused Democrats of playing games, but State Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-Chicago) says this is about saving lives.
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“What about the people in Aurora (Colorado)? What about the kids in Sandy Hook? What about those little innocent lives that were wasted? Was it a gang member who went in there and shot them kids up? No,” Acevedo said.
State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) said an amendment that would criminalize possession of a semi-automatic weapon has what he calls “accidental problems.” “A fatal flaw in your amendment is you don’t address the rights and property of anyone who may already own or possess one of these. And then you make them a Class 2 felon. Eligible for 3 to 7 years, or a Class 1 felony of 4 to 15 years,”