Democratic Sen. John Cullerton of Chicago says the bill, which passed 37 to 17, merely makes gun-show buyers go through the same procedure as those who purchase in gun stores. The measure now goes to the House.
But the measure allows the state police to keep records of purchases. Republican Sen. Ed Petka of Plainfield says that allows the state to monitor law-abiding citizens the way Hitler did in Nazi Germany.
The Senate on Wednesday sent to the governor a bill closing the so-called "gun-show loophole" that requires destruction of records in 90 days. Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich opposes that provision.