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House to consider gun-purchase age, bump-stock ban and more

An Illinois House committee will consider firearms legislation Tuesday in answer to the Parkland, Florida massacre two weeks ago.

Posted: Feb. 27, 2018 3:03 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois House committee will consider firearms legislation Tuesday in answer to the Parkland, Florida massacre two weeks ago.

The Judiciary-Criminal Committee has scheduled votes on five measures. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is scheduled to testify in favor of legislation to prohibit sales of high-capacity ammunition feeders or using body armor in committing a crime.

Other proposals would prohibit the sale of assault-style weapons to anyone younger than 21 and ban the sale of bump stocks allowing assault-style weapons to be fired more quickly.

Others would intensify mental health screening of gun buyers and require a 72-hour cooling off period for purchasing assault-style weapons if they remain legal.

Cardinal Blase Cupich (BLAYZ' SOO'-pihch) of the Archdiocese of Chicago will urge lawmakers Wednesday to take action to reduce gun violence.

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