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Bipartisan IL Gun Legislation Going To Committee

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:04:25 CST
By: AP


A Suburban Chicago Democrat says his amended gun-control measure will keep criminals off the streets and cut incarceration costs. Rep. Michael Zalewski's initiative was headed for a House committee vote today. Zalewski and Rep. Dennis Reboletti, an Elmhurst Republican, say the bill makes illegal gun-holders serve more prison time. Zalewski says it protects law-abiding gun owners. Zalewski's bill is backed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and top law enforcement officials. But critics said the original version would cost the state nearly $1 billion over 10 years. The National Rifle Association remains skeptical it will offer lawful gun owners enough protection against getting snagged by an honest mistake. A key for Reboletti is a provision that prohibits military-style ``boot camp'' for offenders.

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