A local congressman is renewing his push for lawmakers to vote on a nationwide high-capacity magazine ban in the wake of the Highland Park mass shooting.
U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) said on Wednesday he and the Democratic Leadership introduced a discharge petition.
The petition was to force a House vote on the Keep Americans Safe Act.
Schneider says the act would save lives by banning high-capacity magazines at the federal level.
“Seven people were killed, dozens were wounded, and our community was devastated,” Schneider said, referencing the July 4, 2022, Highland Park shooting.
“The carnage of that day was exacerbated by the availability of high capacity magazines,” Schneider added.
The congressman said the “deranged” gunman used an “assault weapon” and high-capacity magazines to fire 83 shots in less than a minute at the parade.
Everytown Survivors and Moms Demand Action joined Schneider last week when lawmakers introduced the discharge petition.
The Keep Americans Safe Act would ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of gun magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.
The act was first introduced in October 2021 and reintroduced in early 2023.
Last year, a law banning the sale and possession of high-capacity gun magazines went into effect in Illinois.