SPRINGFIELD - Parents of Sandy Hook, Connecticut children that were killed during an attack by a lone gunsman with high capacity magazines testified in the Illinois Senate Monday for a state ban on the sale of magazines over 10 rounds.
"People often say there are no words," Nicole Hockley, mother of one of the slain children, said in Senate Executive Committee, said. "But taking action says more. Taking action to prevent your own Sandy Hook
The person who killed my son carried ten thirty rounds high capacity magazines into Sandy Hook Elementary School - 300 rounds," Hockley told the committee. "In approximately four minutes he shot 154 bullets and killed 26 women and children. In an instant, my precious boy was gone."
But in the time it took for him to reload between magazine, 11 children escaped from the massacre.
"If the shooters' magazines had held 10 rounds, instead of 30, forcing him to reload many more times, what additional opportunities could someone have had to disarm him or more children to escape?" she asked.
The legislation banning the sale of magazines with more than 10 rounds would cause Illinois to lose 8500 jobs, Jay Keller, representing Illinois' gun makers, said.
"I don't believe this bill is going to pass constitutional muster," National Rifle Association's Todd VanderMyde told the committee. The gun rights groups have challenged gun control laws in court, and have been awarded nearly $2 million for legal fees over the years.
The Sandy Hook parents held a press conference after the Senate Executive Committee hearing.