Madigan to advance gun control legislation next week

Updated 2/23/2018 9:12 PM

State House Speaker Mike Madigan plans to advance a package of gun control legislation next week, including stricter regulation of gun dealers and restrictions on the purchase of military-style assault rifles, the speaker announced Friday after a dizzying week of fallout over his handling of sexual harassment within his political organization.

Legislators are pushing for gun legislation after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed when a man with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle opened fire.


The speaker plans to call for a House vote on a gun dealer bill that would hold dealers to the same standard as many other licensed professions to ensure they're complying with state and federal laws. Madigan also plans to call for a vote on legislation that would allow family members and law enforcement to ask a court to temporarily intervene and prevent those who are a threat to themselves from possessing firearms.

Other bills that will be called next week would prevent people under 21 from purchasing military-style assault rifles and prevent people with a history of mental illness from buying firearms.

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