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.
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.