ar 15Sales of weapon like that used in Florida mass shooting would be banned in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD– Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America.

Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois. The legislation spells out which weapons are included in the definition of assault weapons and also includes the sale of so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” of more than 10 rounds in a single magazine, belt or drum.

“Since December, I have been meeting with groups in my district about their concerns with gun violence, and particularly the sale of automatic weapons and their ammunition,” Silverstein said. “I drafted and filed this legislation in January because I am sick of seeing people in our schools, churches and public spaces mowed down by those who possess these killing machines.”

Last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla. was perpetrated by a young man with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Last November, a gunman killed at least 26 people with an AR-15 style weapon in a Texas church. Fifty-eight people were killed and more than 500 wounded in October at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas; the gunman in that case possessed an arsenal including AR-15-style rifles. These events are only three of dozens in recent years with record numbers of victims killed by rapid-fire weapons.

According to the Brady Campaign, a national gun control advocacy organization, shootings are the second leading cause of death of children 19 and under. Youth in rural U.S. counties are as likely to die by gunshot as those in urban counties: rural children in suicides and accidental shootings and urban children in gun homicides.

“I’ve been working for some time on the problem of too many guns in the hands of the wrong people in our community. In the last year, I’ve introduced legislation to require finger printing for FOID card issuance, to limit the sales of guns, to increase licensing requirements on those who sell guns and ammunition, to prohibit imitation firearms and to require liability insurance for firearms owners,” Silverstein said.

“Gun manufacturers and the NRA have shown no willingness to even negotiate on commonsense changes in the law for our safety, so lawmakers must take action that will stop the massacre of innocents. Enough is enough.”

BanAssualWeaponst Button v2Senator Silverstein has established a petition for those interested in his gun safety measures and in stopping the sales of AR-15 style weapons and ammunition in Illinois. It is available on his website, A fact sheet on the effects of gun violence from the Brady Campaign is attached to this release.

Senate Bill 3297 currently awaits action in the Senate Assignments Committee.

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