Tell the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to Ban Bump Stocks. Please submit a public comment to the ATF urging them to finalize its proposed rule to regulate bump stocks before the deadline of 6/27/18:
WHY IT MATTERS:
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. Bump stocks assist in making guns fire more rapidly, which simulates the rate of fire of a fully automatic firearm.
Machine guns have been tightly regulated under federal law since the 1930’s, but bump stocks and other rapid-fire devices are designed to skirt the law and mimic automatic gunfire and can greatly increase the lethality of shootings. On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500. Contributing to the number of victims were bump stocks, an accessory that enables semiautomatic weapons to mimic automatic fire. A bump stock enabled rifle firing more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition in 11 minutes at that event. We must act before these devices are used in another mass shooting like Las Vegas.
Circulate and collect signatures on a petition urging Governor Rauner to sign SB 337, Amendment 3, The Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act which requires that Federal Firearms License holders in IL must be certified by state police. This certification will implement best business practices to help reduce guns entering into illegal markets and allow state and local law enforcement to crack down on corrupt dealers.
Click on this link to access copies of the petition:
The address for mailing the petition is at the bottom of each petition sheet. This is sponsored by the IL Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention (LWVIL is a partner). The Coalition plans to take the aggregate petitions to the Governor by the end of June at which time it is likely that SB337 will be sent to him.
WHY IT MATTERS:
In February of this year, Governor Rauner vetoed the original SB 337, the Gun Dealer Licensing bill. In bipartisan negotiations the bill was amended to address concerns of legislators who were generally supportive but uncomfortable with some details in the original bill. SB337, Amendment 3 was then passed with the following vote counts:
- Senate 35 Y 20 N
- House 65 Y 49 N
It’s time to intensify our efforts to urge Governor Rauner to sign the bill. If each League member could fill at least one copy with 10 signatures and mail it in, the Coalition would be well on its way to collecting 150,000 signatures overall.