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'Paul Bauer Act' Would Prohibit Sale of Body Armor

Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch (D-Hillside)

Several gun-related proposals passed an Illinois House hearing Tuesday. Gun control supporters in attendance included members of the Chicago Police Department. They stood behind the so-called "Paul Bauer Act" drafted in memory of the Chicago police commander killed by a man wearing body armor. The measure would prohibit its use by most civilians.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says the gun-control measures being discussed aren’t meant to infringe on the public’s right to bear arms, as many opponents have argued.

“Our goal is not to take fire arms away from law-abiding citizens. Our goal is to stop the needless loss of life that we have. So to that end, the legislation that’s been put forth will help us obtain that goal.” Johnson testified.

The proposal was heard along with four other gun-control ideas. One would prohibit those under 21 from purchasing military-style assault weapons. Another would require gun dealers have a state license. Governor Bruce Rauner has said gun control should be handled federally. The House could vote on the measures as soon as today.


Daisy reports on various assignments for NPR Illinois. She graduated from the Public Affairs Reporting master’s degree program at the University of Illinois Springfield, where she spent time covering the legislative session for NPR Illinois' Illinois Issues. Daisy interned then researched for the Chicago Reporter. She obtained an associate degree in French language from Harry S Truman College and a bachelor's degree in communications from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Before coming to Springfield, Daisy worked in communication roles for several Chicago non-profits. Daisy is from Chicago where she attended Lane Tech High School.