CALUMET CITY, Ill. – In response to the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, state Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, is backing a measure to ban assault weapons and “bump-stock” trigger modification devices that increase the deadliness of lawful weapons.
“Time and time again, our nation mourns the loss of victims of a mass-shooting while Washington politicians do nothing,” Jones said. “It is critical that we take action here on the state level so that we can help prevent these senseless massacres that happen far too frequently.”
Jones supports House Bill 4107, which bans military-style assault weapons designed for use in combat situations. The measure also prohibits trigger modification devices, known as “bump stocks,” which increase the firing power of lawful semi-automatic weapons to match that of an illegal machine gun. Bump stocks were recently used by the shooter in Las Vegas to commit the deadliest mass-shooting in American history.
“Military-style assault weapons have no place in our street,” Jones said. “Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle need to ignore bullies from the gun lobby and do the right thing to save lives.”