Illinois Council on Handgun Violence http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Ill. Senate Committee Approves Two Gun Control Measures http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-senate-committee-approves-two-gun-control-measures <p>Following last month's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Illinois legislators are hurrying to crack down on guns, despite opposition from groups like the National Rifle Association.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>On their first day back for the General Assembly's last week of session, Senate Democrats sent two gun control measures to the floor.</p><p>Illinois Council on Handgun Violence Director Colleen Daley pleaded with Senators to pass a ban on new purchases of assault weapons. She says she doesn't want Illinois to become the next state where they're used in a mass killing.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 12:28:19 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 7966 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. Senate Committee Approves Two Gun Control Measures