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Hadiya’s gun bill moves closer to passage

A bill named for Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton is a step closer to passage.

On Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bi-partisan bill aimed at slowing the flow of illegal guns.

CaptureIllinois Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin are among the key sponsors of the bill.

The measure would crack down on so-called straw buyers of guns, people who purchase guns legally, but then sell or give them to people who are not able to obtain a weapon legally. Often it’s how guns end up in the hands of gang members who would not otherwise have access to firearms

The bill would impose stiff penalties for straw purchases, making it a federal crime.

Pendleton, a 15-year old high school student was killed while talking with friends at a park, caught in the middle of an alleged gang dispute.  It happened just a week after she performed with her school marching band at President Obama’s inaugural parade.

The bill now goes to the full Senate. It would still need to be approved by the House.

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9 Comments to “Hadiya’s gun bill moves closer to passage”

    dora said:
    March 8, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Haha thats funny, slowing the flow of illegal guns, dick durbin and mark kirk are clueless!

      Brian Millersmith said:
      March 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Exactly. Well, somewhat:
      —> "Often it’s how guns end up in the hands of gang members who would not otherwise have access to firearms" <—
      Just how many gang bangers DO NOT have access to them??? Maybe SIX?
      This is simply Political Propaganda aimed at addle-minded individuals who are gullible enough to believe it.
      Just as making ANY type of weapon *illegal* will just automatically make them all disappear from the streets…

    Nicole said:
    March 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    this would have never made nation news had it not been that she was at the President Obama’s inaugural parade.

      mr.b said:
      March 8, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      SO?!

        Mr.B said:
        March 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        There is a large amount of extremely much less relevent, unimportant, un-newsworthy news, that makes it to the news, and YOU had the audacity to try to single this out?
        WTF?!!!

      Randy said:
      March 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      Enough of this crap! Sleazy democrats politically capitalizing on a person's demise. Clearly self-serving to propel their suck-up party!

    Josh said:
    March 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Gangbangers don't care about gun bills. This will only take guns away from responsible gun owners.

    Edward said:
    March 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Will a crime victim from whom a gun was stolen also be considered a "straw buyer"?

    kirby1414 said:
    March 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    It's time for the political "genius" people to get ready for the next election – - SO! They take this lovely young woman's death, the inaugural parade, etc. and they attempt to garner votes – - Sadly, I think that only reason polticians do ANYTHING – is for self promotion!!!

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