CALUMET CITY, Ill. – State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, supported key gun safety measures that passed recently in the Illinois House.
“We must not tolerate any more senseless deaths due to gun violence,” Jones said. “It is unfortunate that it has taken so long but I am beyond happy and hopeful that we will finally have some commonsense gun safety laws in our state.”
The Jones-backed measures garnered widespread support from gun safety advocates and law enforcement. The package of bills included common sense measures such as requiring gun dealers be licensed, increasing the age for the purchase and possession of assault weapons and high capacity magazines, banning bump stocks which increase the rate of fire of firearms, and extending the waiting period for the purchase of assault weapons. A number of the bills received bipartisan support.
“We’ve sent an important message to the NRA their radical agenda. I urge the governor sign these pieces of legislation into law as soon as possible,” Jones said. “Not one more child, parent, friend, or neighbor should be buried due to lax gun laws that make firearms more readily available than access to things like quality education and healthcare.”