About 60 people took part in a vigil in Champaign last night for stricter gun control laws.
Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America held the vigil to observe the fifth year since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.
Since that shooting, Moms Demand Action has seen success in getting individual states to pass strict gun laws. But Illinois Chapter Leader Lauren Quinn says Congress has been a different story.
“We have not seen any action in Congress," she said. "In fact, the only thing we’ve seen is recently we saw that the House weakened our gun laws, not strengthened them.”
Quinn is referring to the recent passage of House Resolution 38, requiring states to recognize out-of-state concealed-carry permits.
In contrast to that bill, Moms Demand Action favors passage of legislation requiring a national criminal background check for all prospective gun owners.