Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) In Washington this week, the Senate takes up gun control and Senator Dick Durbin is assessing what he thinks will and won't pass.
“It’s going to be tough,” Durbin said, but he thinks a few gun control ideas will pass the Senate, including a crackdown on straw buyers.
“Buying guns to give to criminals and thugs to use them in the commission of a crime, those people could face up to 15 yrs or more in federal prison if they did it,” Durbin said. “I think that measure’s gonna pass. I think it has bi-partisan support. School safety - not the NRA version, but another version is likely to pass. More reporting of mental instability to disqualify you from gun ownership - I think that’ll pass too.”
But he’s all but thrown in the towel on an assault weapons ban and perhaps on universal background checks too.
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