According to Journal Star, "The House voted to prohibit the sale of bump stocks and “trigger cranks,” which increase rifles’ firing rates, effectively making them assault-style weapons. Also approved was a bar on anyone younger than 21 buying assault-style weapons of the type used in the shooting deaths of 17 students in Parkland, Fla. And after a contentious debate, the House OK’d a Senate-approved measure for state licensing of gun dealers, which now goes to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner."

Following the shooting deaths of 17 students in the state of Florida, Illinois representatives were not going to sit on their hands any longer.

As the debate rages on nationally on how to prevent school shootings from happening. Illinois reps have taken the first step but more must be done.

“Assault weapons have one purpose — to inflict maximum injury and death,” GOP Rep. David Harris of Arlington Heights, a U.S. Army veteran and former state adjutant general, said about bump stocks. “You pull the trigger and the bullets keep coming out until the magazine is empty. No one needs this device to hunt deer or duck.”

Last fall a ban on bump stocks never made it through. On Wednesday, that all changed as more than a dozen Republicans joined Democrats on the issue showing encouraging but rare bipartisanship.