The Illinois House Human Services Committee has approved a bill (H.B. 1098) that would prohibit the manufacture, sale, or possession of .50 caliber sniper rifles in the state. The bill, which is awaiting a vote in the full House, is designed to prevent a terrorist from using the rifle to shoot down a civilian aircraft during takeoff or landing. Violating the law would be a felony under the new measure.
By Jennifer L. Hesterman; reviewed by Hugh J. Martin
In The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus, Dr. Jennifer L. Hesterman presents the reader with a well-written catalog of the various terrorist factions presently active in the world. A colonel who has retired from the U.S. Air Force, the author has studied these groups in depth.