Bill to punish Illinois gun traffickers advances

Lawmakers gave initial approval to a bill that would create a new felony offense for buying guns in other states to transport them for sale in Illinois.
    
Republican Rep. Jim Durkin, the GOP’s House leader and sponsor of the bill, says criminals are skirting Illinois’ background check requirements and mandate to have a license to purchase firearms by going to other states. He says his goal is to address rising gang violence in Chicago.
    
The bill would impose prison sentences of 4 to 20 years for a first offense and longer terms for subsequent convictions.
    
The proposal advanced out of House committee Monday and now goes to the full House for consideration.

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