Story by 89 WLS reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) Senator Dick Durbin likes his chances of getting a new federal gun control bill passed which cracks down on straw buyers.
Standing with Hadiya Pendelton’s parents at police headquarters, Durbin was sounding optimistic that the proposal named for their daughter will make it to the president’s desk. The senator had this clever warning for people who might buy guns for gangbangers.
“Girlfriends, think twice,” Durbin said. “Is it worth 15 years in prison to buy that gun and to go and sell it to some gangbanger or boyfriend who’s going to use it to commit a crime?”
Durbin is also optimistic that the bill to dramatically increase the reporting of people with mental health problems can pass, but he was less optimistic about an assault weapons ban and universal background check.
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