* The House voted on some gun control amendments yesterday…
In a series of test votes Tuesday, the Illinois House advanced legislation that would ban semi-automatic “assault” weapons in the state but did not provide enough support to pass the bill as law.
The series of legislative measures would ban popular “assault” rifles like the AR-15 and the AK-47 along with certain types of weapon attachments and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
The measure sparked heated dialogue between Chicago gun-control advocates seeking a solution to an unprecedented murder-rate in their city and Downstate pro-gun members looking to protect what they view as a constitutional right.
“What we have here today is just a full out attempt to ban every gun in this state,” said Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), who sponsors concealed carry legislation backed by the National Rifle Association. “More than anything, we’re really going after the law-abiding gun-owner and going after the sportsman.
* The full House didn’t actually vote on the amendments. The House Republicans refused to cast any votes…
GOP Rep. Dennis Reboletti of Elmhurst said Madigan’s procedure puts politics before public safety.
“Why do we continue to play these games of going amendment by amendment?” Reboletti said.
Republicans have strongly opposed Madigan’s new floor-debate style. He has also used his “weekly order of business” process to discuss concealed carry and pension proposals, and Republicans also refused to vote on pension amendments Thursday.
Halfway through Tuesday’s debate, someone on the Republican sided shouted, “Stop the circus!”
I can see why the HGOPs refused to vote on Madigan’s top-down, cartoonish pension amendments last week. It was a charade. But, as I told subscribers today, yesterday’s floor amendments, while very controversial, were legitimate proposals from rank-and-file members.
Reboletti asked: “Why do we continue to play these games of going amendment by amendment?” Well, that’s how bills are usually amended, dude. One by one.
Yes, the process is different here because the committee process is cut out, but the committee process is usually rigged anyway. And I’d much rather see an open rule in these special orders of business which allows everybody to offer up whatever they want, but, again, yesterday’s amendments were legit.
Participate or go home.