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Bill proposed to ban assault weapons in Illinois

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WSIL -- A new bill has gun advocates worried about an outright ban on firearms.

State Rep. Martin Moylan (D - Des Plaines) introduced a bill last week, hoping to end the sale of bump stocks like the one used by Stephen Paddock in Vegas, which essentially turned his rifles into fully automatic weapons.

Moylan also wants to ban the sale of assault weapons, including .50 caliber rifles and high capacity magazines.

Moylan has not responded to a request for comment from News 3 but he told the Illinois News Network that those types of weapons are for mass destruction and should be reserved for military or trained officials.

Gun rights groups have come out against the bill, including the Illinois State Rifle Association.

"It shows the agenda of the anti-gun group," Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said. "They want to ban everything they can."

Firearm instructor Joe Clements said the bill is too vague and makes almost every gun illegal.

"This law will turn millions of Illinois residents, law-abiding Illinois residents, into felons overnight," Clements said.

The bill bans magazines with more than 10 rounds.

"That would also include most pistols that people use for personal protection," Clements said.

It also bans a shroud that protects gun users from burning themselves on the barrel.

"Every semi-automatic has some form of protection to keep you from getting burned while firing the firearm," Clements said.

The bill would also ban adjustable stocks, trigger modifications and any pistol weighing more than 50 ounces.

There's no word on if or when the bill will actually come up for a vote.

17 Democrats have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, all of them from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

More information on the bill can be found here.

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