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More gun legislation
Well....I'm not sure this one leaves me with a warm fuzzy feeling inside, but that's just my opinion.
Lower gun permit age advances
March 26, 2004
BY DAVE MCKINNEY AND LESLIE GRIFFY Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Advertisement
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Legislature handed gun rights advocates a victory Thursday by passing dual plans to let teens as young as 18 get state firearm permits without their parents' approval.
Passed over the objections of Mayor Daley's administration, the National Rifle Association initiative would relax a state law that requires anyone under 21 to have their parents' permission before obtaining a gun permit.
"If you're old enough to go to be in the service and old enough to vote, I think you're old enough to own a firearm," said Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton), the bill's chief Senate sponsor.
The Senate passed its version to the House by a 30-26 vote, while the House sent the Senate a separate version that passed by a 65-38 margin. Each legislative chamber must approve what the other passed before anything heads to Gov. Blagojevich for final approval.
A separate state law bars anyone from buying handguns unless they are 21 or older. Under that provision, younger permit holders would still be prohibited from purchasing handguns. But they could borrow handguns, be given them as gifts or inherit them and still be within the law, critics charged.
"This bill is a very dangerous piece of legislation," said Rep. Deborah Graham (D-Chicago), who cast a "no" vote. "This is opening up the floodgates for other problems."
Until now, in a bow to Downstate hunting families, the state allows children as young as 10 years old to obtain firearm permits as long as their parents consent. Missouri and Indiana allow 18-year-olds to get state gun permits without parental permission, supporters said.
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