DeLuca supports bill criminalizing bump stocks in Illinois

State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, signed on as a co-sponsor to House Bill 1420  that would prohibit the import, sales, manufacture, transfer or possession of bump fire stocks. 

The bill would make it a felony to possess such modification devices.

Police say bump stocks enabled gunman Stephen Paddock to convert his semi-automatic weapons rate of fire to a speed similar to a fully-automatic weapon.

"In the recent Las Vegas shooting, the gunman used legal bump stocks that resulted in 58 people being killed and over 500 injured,” DeLuca said of the Oct. 1 mass shooting. "The victims were innocent people who were attending an outdoor country music festival, and one man destroyed the lives of families from across the country."

DeLuca said he is committed to protecting citizens from firearm devices that serve no practical purpose.

The measure, sponsored by State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, "is a bipartisan effort to protect the safety of citizens from senseless gun violence throughout Illinois," DeLuca said. "I stand ready to work together with my colleagues to pass sensible legislation that will protect Illinoisans from such crimes."

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