Anti-Terrorism legislation passes the House

Under legislation unanimously passed out of the House and now headed to the Senate, two explosive substances linked to worldwide acts of terrorism would be banned in Illinois and subject to a class 4 felony for possession.  HB 5406, sponsored by State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign), would ban the explosive substances triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD).

“Both TATP and HMTD have been used in a large number of suicide bombings and other attacks worldwide,” said Brown.  “Unfortunately, law enforcement is encountering these substances more and more.  Just two years ago we saw three instances of law enforcement coming into contact with these highly explosive chemicals in Illinois.  Last year, that number jumped to thirteen.  With no commercial or residential use for TATP or HMTD, there is no doubt that those possessing these chemicals intend to use them for malicious activities.” Read more about this legislation.