It’s a wrenching debate for the country, and the anguish over Sandy Hook and the relentless shootings in Chicago have reinvigorated the divisive issue. We’ve been following the many sides of the gun debate and we’ll continue to do so, but today we begin a series we’re calling “Our Guns” -- conversations with people who own and are committed to gun rights. We start today by hearing from people in rural Illinois.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the state’s ban on concealed carry to be upheld. She is asking all ten judges on the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a lawsuit challenging the ban.
Illinois' Senior Senator Reacts in the Wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
Senator Dick Durbin says hunters and sportsmen need to "step up." The Illinois Democrat urged support for what he called "reasonable restrictions" on the types of weapons that can be purchased, and on large ammunition magazines. He says average citizens don't need access to the kind of military-style equipment used by the gunman in Connecticut.