State News
7:15 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Senate committee to vote on gun control measure

An Illinois State Senate committee is expected to vote on a gun control measure today. It's scheduled to hear from some parents whose children died in December’s mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. IPR’S Tony Arnold reports.

Three parents from Connecticut talked Sunday in Chicago about banning high capacity magazines. A proposed bill would make magazines that hold more than 10 rounds illegal. Nicole Hockley’s 6-year-old son Dylan was killed in the Newtown school shooting.

"If the shooter’s magazines had held 10 rounds instead of 30, forcing him to reload many more times, what additional opportunities would have been available for someone to disarm him, as we’ve seen in other tragedies?"

Meantime, Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, says a vote could come down to one or two senators.

"I want to see these three parents come down to Springfield, Illinois and I want them to make some of the senators very uncomfortable."

Legislators have also had a hard time agreeing on concealed carry legislation.