silverstein walkout 031518SPRINGFIELD– Long-time gun safety advocate Senator Ira Silverstein spoke in the Senate today about his commitment to banning assault weapons in Illinois. House Bill 1465, which would stop those under 21 from purchasing assault weapons. It passed in the Senate this afternoon along with additional gun safety measures House Bill 1467 and 1468.

“Assault weapons have no place in our communities. Personally, I believe that means in the hands of those over 21 years of age as well,” Silverstein said. “All three bills we are considering today will almost certainly save lives. Assault weapons and bump stocks are nothing more than killing machines.”

Silverstein is the chief sponsor of Senate Bill 3297, which would ban the sale of assault weapons statewide to all ages.

The three measures passed today include:

House Bill 1465 - House Bill 1465 prohibits the sale or transfer of an assault weapon, assault weapon attachment, .50 caliber rifle or large capacity magazine to an individual under the age of 21.

House Bill 1467 - House Bill 1467 makes it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase or possess bump-stocks and trigger cranks. As amended, the bill allows municipalities to regulate assault weapons as long as the regulation is not less restrictive than state law.

House Bill 1468 - House Bill 1468 increases the waiting period to receive an assault weapon after purchase from 24 hours to 72 hours. This mirrors the existing waiting period for handguns.

“A student who survived the Parkland, Fla. school shooting wrote to me, interested in my assault weapon ban bill. They are looking to lawmakers to follow their lead for a change – not that of the NRA,” Silverstein said. “This is my intention, too.”

“Our young people are watching. My children are watching, as are likely many of yours. If they can’t have faith in us to protect them, what are we saying to them?”

The three bills passed in the Senate today.

PHOTO: Senator Silverstein joins his Senate colleagues at today's National Walkout to support students walking out of school for gun safety.

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