GOP & Dems craft bipartisan gun bill

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) – Democrats and Republicans are usually on opposite sides on gun bills with the exception of one which cleared the Illinois House earlier this week.

A measure banning bump stocks and trigger cranks was approved with the help of more than a dozen votes from GOP lawmakers.  Bump stocks increase the firing rate of guns.  It was a bump stock used by a Las Vegas gunman that mowed down 58 people on October 1, 2017.

“If it causes a semi-automatic weapon to fire like an automatic weapon it ought to be banned in Illinois and this is our chance to do it,” said Rep. David Harris, (R) Arlington Heights, on the floor of the Illinois House. 

The bill is now pending in the Illinois Senate.

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