One man with two plans, both involving gun legislation.
US Senator Dick Durbin will unveil the first of his plans at a news conference in Chicago tomorrow.
It’s aimed at tracing guns used in violent crimes.
The legislation would offer incentives to law enforcement agencies reporting the weapons to a national ATF database.
Durbin calls the National Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives database one of the most powerful and basic crime-fighting tools available.
Durbin also saying he’ll hold a hearing in Washington this September that explores the influence of gun lobbying in creating laws and how stand your ground has changed the legal definition of self-defense.
President Barack Obama weighed in on Friday saying states with these controversial laws should re-examine them.
Today the President’s 2008 Presidential race opponent Senator John McCain agreed.
“I can also see that ‘Stand your Ground’ law may be something that needs to be reviewed by the Florida legislature, or any other legislature that has passed such legislation. Obviously, a lot of things need to come up for review.”
Florida’s “Stand your Ground” law played a role in the trial of George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
About 30 states have some form of the law which gives a person the right to use deadly force to protect themselves if they feel their life is in danger.
A version of the bill introduced in Illinois last year failed.
But the state representative behind it says he will re-introduce the measure.