Willis Fighting to Crackdown on Dangerous Explosives, Ban Bump Stocks

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of 58 people, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is supporting legislation that will better regulate particular prepackaged explosives, such as Tannerite, as well as ban the sale of bump stocks in Illinois.

“I have a responsibility to protect our families from those who wish to do them harm,” Willis said. “It’s important we create safeguards to prevent Tannerite and other explosives from falling into the hands of criminals and terrorists.”

House Bill 4117 eliminates the loophole allowing individuals without a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card from purchasing and possessing Tannerite and other prepackaged explosives. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued warnings about Tannerite and other prepackaged explosives since 2013, saying they could potentially be used by terrorists to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Tannerite has already been used in domestic terrorist attacks, most notably in New York City in 2016, where a bomb containing the explosive material injured 29 people. The perpetrator of the Las Vegas massacre was found to be in possession of 50 pounds of Tannerite that authorities believe he intended to use in his attack. The bill will also ban the possession of trigger modification devices such as the bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas attack. Bump stocks can transform a legal semi-automatic weapon into an illegal machine gun capable of firing up to 800 rounds per minute.

“Bump stocks have no business being allowed on our streets and I am demanding we take immediate action to outlaw this dangerous device,” Willis said. “Taking these commonsense steps will help us prevent future tragedies from happening in our community.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.