Gun "straw purchasing" bill moves to the full Senate

By WEEK Producer

March 8, 2013 Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bill bearing the name of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton is a step closer to becoming law.

The bill aims to crackdown on those who legally buy guns for other people who cannot legally buy guns themselves.

Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk co-sponsored the bill which is now before the full Senate.

Durbin said the bill has bipartisan support and he has not seen any strong opposition to it in Washington.

"For straw purchasers, those who are going to buy guns and turn them over to the thugs and criminals, get ready," said Durbin. "When this bill becomes law, you're gonna deal with hard-time federal crime Hard-time federal crime. Let the word on the street get out. Girlfriends, think twice. Is it worth 15 years in prison to buy that gun?"

Under the current law, straw purchasers can only be prosecuted under false statement laws that are difficult to prove and carry low penalties.

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