Jerry Costello

Illinois House rejects bump stock ban along rural-urban line

The Illinois House on Thursday soundly rejected a ban on "bump stocks" like those the gunman used to speed up firing in this month's Las Vegas massacre, with many rural Democrats siding with Republicans in opposition to the proposed gun restriction.

State Rep. Martin Moylan's prohibition on "trigger modifications" got only 48 of the 71 votes it would have needed to pass. Fifty-four members of the Democratic-controlled House voted against it.

Before the vote, the Democrat from Des Plaines said his bill would save lives.

"It will reduce the destructive power of military assault-style weapons," Moylan said.

But opponents criticized...

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