IL Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition Limit

May 21, 2013

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Parents of two Sandy Hook elementary students killed by a Connecticut gunman last fall testified in favor of limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois. The Illinois Senate's Executive Committee voted 12-3 Monday to advance legislation banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Mark Barden is the father of seven-year-old Daniel Barden. Daniel was among 20 children fatally shot Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

Barden says killer Adam Lanza consciously took higher-capacity magazines with him "to kill a lot more people and he did." Park Ridge Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski's legislation would exempt police, military and shooting competitions. Todd Vandermyde of the National Rifle Association says he should have the same weapons as police to protect his family.