Gun Restriction Bills Fail In Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — A couple of bills to further control the movement of guns in Illinois have failed to pass the state House.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, one bill would have required gun owners to call police within 72 hours of their firearms being stolen.

Downstate Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville) accuses the sponsor of interfering with the Second Amendment.

“That is my right, and shouldn’t be infringed by law enforcement people saying, ‘You know what? About that constitutional right of yours, we’ve got some amendments to it. If you want to amend our constitutional rights, take it to the people. We have a process for that. Otherwise, leave our guns alone.”

The sponsor of may call the bill again.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports

The other bill that failed would have limited Illinois residents to buying one gun per month. It was sponsored by state Rep. Will Burns (D-Chicago), who is soon to leave the chamber to become a Chicago alderman.

State Rep. Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) says outlaws will have guns regardless of restrictions or lack thereof.

“Those who wish to use guns to break the law and use handguns illegally and for violent purposes, are going to do it whether or not – this is just another law they’re going to break,” Eddy said.

Countered Burns, “They can’t break the law if they’re going to buy the gun at a licensed gun dealer, because a licensed gun dealer can only sell that person one gun per month.”

A bill that would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed weapons is also pending in the state House of Representatives.

Last month, the House Agriculture Committee passed a concealed carry bill by a vote of 12-2. But the committee is dominated by downstate pro-gun rights lawmakers, and the bill must pass the full state General Assembly.

  • Rob McConnell

    Using this type of logic we could cut down on the number of drunk drivers by limiting everyone to one tank of gas per month. The statement made by Burns, “They can’t break the law if they are going to buy the gun at a licensed dealer, because that dealer can only sell that person one gun per month.” is completely rediculous, how many guns does one need to comit a crime? Does he really think that most criminals buy their guns at the local gun store?

    • Mr. Justice

      Good comments Rob. It seems to me, that Representative Burns has his head in the sand. I don’t understand why these puking gun control advocates think criminals and thugs will buy firearms from licenses gun dealers or from Law Abiding Citizens. Criminals are criminals, they steal, rob, and buy weapons from other criminals.


  • WhoElectedThisIdiot

    Countered Burns, “They can’t break the law if they’re going to buy the gun at a licensed gun dealer, because a licensed gun dealer can only sell that person one gun per month.”


  • DJ

    I’m not a gun lover by no means. Lets just say that the only purpose for any gun is to kill or mame someone else. I say swap out guns for clubs and do it the old fashion way and earn that precious killing. That way people like Laurie Dan and the rest of them will finally get sum exercise. And politions need to inhale to get their high of trans-fats. God bless you all.

  • daniel

    No criminal buys a gun from a dealer he/she steals it from those that do. and true no outlaw cares for the law. Its All about money and protecting himself and taking from you…you better be packing because he/she sure is! Better to be judged by 12 than killed by 6(revolver). Also no true criminal has six friends.

    • Mr. Justice

      OR….. Better to be judges by 12 than carried by 6.

      Great comments Daniel

      • Mr. Justice

        Sorry, should be “judged”

  • Someguy

    Um… its better to be judged by 12 than CARRIED by 6 (funeral) ;)

  • swizzle

    Really? A Requirement that you call the police within 72 hours of your guns being stolen is a problem with these gun nuts?

    • mike

      And what happens if my guns are stolen while I’m on vaction for a week? I become a criminal. That’s what’s wrong with it.

  • Bill

    Why do you call people who own guns nuts?Maybe your nuts for not owning one to protect yourself!That’s your choice in a free society!Yes,we should prevent some from owning,like maybe criminals! Why are we protecting the criminal?Why don’t the anti-gunners insist on HARSH penalties for criminals who own guns?The wild west perception of guns put out there isn’t accurate because it comes from Hollywood,yet those Hollywood types who are anti-gun have security with guns,just like Mayor Daley and then Rahm!!They think their lives are more important than mine!

  • R Anthony Botti

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the problem is not the inanimate object, but the person using it. You can give the Pope enough nuclear weapons to blow up the planet a hundred times over and you wouldn’t put a single life in danger by doing so. But give some hairball a bootlace or an extension cord and he’ll wrap it around your throat. Politicians who support “gun control” are dangerous for two reasons: first, they want to disarm all law-abiding citizens because they love the criminals and don’t want us being able to fight back against them. Second, those criminals’ presence on the streets (instead of behind bars) PROVES the gun-control supporters are criminal-lovers: THEY’RE the ones who vote to make it easier for criminals to GET out of prison!

  • Let's get our guns

    I feel much safer knowing that I have an advantage in protecting my family from those two rapist breaking into my home. Ask that man who watched his wife and daughters get raped and had no means of protecting them but his thin toothpick arms if he will now buy a gun for home defense.

  • Tory II

    One straw buyer can buy 12 guns per year. Two buyers can buy 24 guns per year. Guns .can last a lifetime..

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