Residents of our state will soon have the right to carry concealed weapons in public, but that doesn't mean safety is guaranteed.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Sunday, February 10, 2013
On Feb. 19 and Feb. 22, the state will stage public hearings to discuss a new concealed carry handgun law for Illinois.
Gun control hearings will convene before an Illinois House committee later this month, says Speaker Mike Madigan, and there will be much talk about a new concealed carry law. One hearing will take place in Chicago on Feb. 22, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago. The other will be in Springfield on Feb. 19 at the Capitol. “In light of events in recent months in Illinois and in other parts of the country, it’s appropriate and necessary that we give a full vetting to proposed state legislation on this matter," reads a statement from Madigan. "These hearings will provide an opportunity for gun-safety advocates, gun-rights supporters and members of the law enforcement community to offer their views and argue their cases to …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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As of the writing and submission of this letter, I have contacted both Congressman Bill Foster’s office and Randy Hultgren’s office in Washington D.C. in regards to President Obama’s detailed and significant legislation to do something about the out of control gun violence in this country. To date, both Bill and Randy have no significant opinion or statement that I can find on this issue. Without question, people are very angry about what happened in Newtown, CT and people want action from their government to find ways to make our country safer and no longer be the leader in the industrialized world with respect to gun violence. On this issue, it is unacceptable for both of our congressmen and any other member of congress to remain silent…
Monday, January 14, 2013
While visiting Fox Valley, senator says gun control is only part of the solution to mass violence.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday he would rather see Congress arrive at a “sensible solution” on curbing gun violence than see the president issue some kind of executive order attempting to remedy the problem. Still, in light of the power wielded by the NRA and the gun industry, which many congressmen will not stand up to, Durbin said he would support President Barack Obama if he does issue executive orders in an attempt to rein in gun violence. “Whatever it takes to keep our streets and schools safe, I’ll support,” he said. “But I hope that we could do it in the the normal congressional process,” he added. “I know that it’s tough. I know the politics on this issue very, very well, and I know some of my colleagues are not prepared to …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Patch contacted 10 newly elected representatives to find out what they plan to do to help curb gun violence in our country in the wake of last week's mass killing in Newtown, CT. Those who actually wanted to discuss the issue say it's time for a change.
When members of the 113th Congress take their seats in January, one of the top items on their agenda very well could be a new look at federal gun control laws. In the wake of the Newtown, CT, tragedy of one week ago today, President Obama on Wednesday set a January deadline for his administration to "create concrete proposals" to curb gun violence in the United States. Obama also called on Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 to "pursue the possibility of limiting high-capacity ammunition clips" and to "close a gun show loophole that allows people to purchase firearms from private dealers without a background check." What will come of this renewed debate is yet to be seen, but what is certain is that …
Monday, January 17, 2011
Writer encourages Congress to pass ban of high-capacity gun clips
What hunter needs a high-capacity magazine, a clip that holds more than 10 rounds, like the one a gunman used to shoot 20 people in a matter of seconds in Arizona? These magazines are for killing a lot of people fast. United States Constitution guarantees to our citizens the right to keep and bear arms. At the same time that we can all acknowledge this basic right, I believe that we should also be able to come together to develop reasonable, common-sense laws designed to ensure that the right to bear arms is exercised safely and responsibly. The assumption that more guns reduces crime is a fantasy. According to the Violence Policy Center (http://www.vpc.org/), the highest gun death rates are: The lowest gun rate deaths are: More guns …