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Sen. Terri Bryant on her opposition to the semi-automatic weapons ban vote

Terri Bryant
Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro)

The Illinois State Senate passed the bill banning the sale, manufacture, and possession of some of the most common semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.

While the legislation exempts gun owners who already own the firearms, GOP State Senator Terri Bryant of Murphysboro says it also includes a provision requiring them to register those firearms with the Illinois State Police.

"Even though some may come off, we're still going to have many commonly used shotguns listed as assault weapons. Although there were some changes to the telescoping mechanisms on a gun stock. You still cannot have the thumb hole or the pistol grip, which can often be very important to women who are shooting because it helps you to steady the firearm."

The Senate vote was 34 – 20 in favor the ban.

The measure now heads to the House for consideration.

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