Originally posted on CBS St. Louis:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims testified Monday in favor of an Illinois limit on the size of ammunition magazines, a proposal that got a Senate committee endorsement.
The Executive Committee voted 12-3 on legislation to ban the delivery, sale or transfer of ammunition feeding devices of more than 10 rounds after emotional testimony from the families of two first-graders who died in the Newtown, Conn., shooting in December that claimed 26 lives.
And it included a sharp retort from the legislation’s sponsor to a Republican asking questions about an exception for using the magazines to depict violence in Illinois-made movies.
Illinois has failed repeatedly to enact an assault-weapons ban since a federal prohibition expired in 2004. The issue was infused with new urgency after a movie theater shooting in Colorado last summer and Newtown on Dec. 14.
Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel…
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