Committee approves bullet-button bill

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, assault weapons and hand guns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. The deadline for local governments in Illinois to enact assault weapons ordinances is Friday, July 19, 2013. In recent days, about a dozen communities have passed ordinances either banning assault weapons or imposing regulations concerning how they are stored and transported. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

August 13, 2013 5:02:26 PM PDT
A bill that would close a loophole allowing gun owners to convert a rifle into an assault weapon has advanced in the State Assembly.

Assault weapons are banned in the state, but gun manufacturers can use a bullet button allowing the gun owner to quickly detach and replace the weapon's ammunition magazine.

Under the bill, rifles would only be allowed to have 10-round magazines that could not be changed without dissembling the weapon.

That bill now heads to the assembly appropriations committee.