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Gun trafficking bill named for Hadiya Pendleton

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.

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

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911 recordings from the death of Hadiya Pendleton, 15, have been made public, as a bill bearing her name cleared a major hurdle in Congress. The King College Prep student was fatally shot in January while standing with a group of teenagers in Harsh Park.

On Friday, Hadiya’s parents joined Senator Dick Durbin, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, and Sandra Wortham, sister of slain police officer Thomas Wortham IV, at a press conference speaking in support of the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act.

The bipartisan bill, also sponsored by Senator Mark Kirk, would crack down on straw purchasing and gun trafficking. A key part of the bill is named after Hadiya. The measure cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday and now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

Hadiya was killed just a week after she performed at events for President Obama’s inauguration. Her death became a national symbol of gun violence and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the teen’s funeral in Chicago.

Two young men are charged in the case. Hadiya was not the intended target, police said.

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.

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are co-sponsoring a gun trafficking bill that contains a section named for slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton.

The teen’s mother Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton talked about the new bill.

Under the proposal, anyone who buys a gun legally, then gives it to someone who can’t buy a gun legally, would be guilty of a federal crime.

Currently, straw gun purchasers can be convicted of only minor paperwork violations.

U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are co-sponsoring a gun trafficking bill that contains a section named for slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton. The teen’s father Nathaniel Pendleton talked about the new bill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a new bipartisan bill this week aimed at slowing the flow of illegal guns.

Illinois Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin are among the key sponsors of the bill.  It is named for Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton.

The bill would impose stiff penalties for straw purchases, in which people buy guns with the intention of passing them to gang members or others.

The bill could reach the full Senate as early as April.

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