Gun control advocates said Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas could add traction for an Illinois bill that would require gun dealers to have a state license.
The measure has been stuck in the Illinois House since narrowly passing the Senate in April.
“I hope legislators are paying attention [and] see the link between these mass shootings and the gun violence in Chicago,” Lindsay Nichols, federal policy director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said on Tuesday.
“There’s been a significant amount of research that shows that stronger regulation of gun dealers reduces gun trafficking,” said Nichols, who helped write the bill. “More recently, there’s been research that shows a direct link between strong laws regarding gun dealers and gun homicide rates.”
The bill’s House sponsor, Kathleen Willis (D-Addison), said the measure will go to the floor of that chamber for a vote as soon as she has “just a couple more” lawmakers behind it. Willis said the Las Vegas shooting could help build that support.
Opponents argue gun shops are already regulated by the federal government.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday did not return messages asking whether he would sign the bill.