Marty Moylan

Todd Vandermyde
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The Illinois House on Thursday tried and failed to ban the gun modification known as a “bump stock.” The legislation was a response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Todd Vandermyde
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The Illinois House is advancing legislation to ban “bump stocks.” The devices gained national prominence this month, when they were reportedly used by the Las Vegas shooter.

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Ray Moore / Flickr.com/rarstudios (cc-by-nc)

State and federal legislators from Illinois are proposing new laws in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

State representative candidate Mel Thillens
WUIS/Illinois Issues

 Republican Mel Thillens is a first-time candidate for the Illinois House, but his name has been carried across the state on the sides of large trucks for years.

The third-generation owner of the armored truck company that bears his name, Thillens is one of dozens of GOP candidates trying to reverse the damage his party suffered two years ago.