gun control

Election 2014
7:09 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Quinn Renews Call For Assault Weapons Ban

Credit WNIJ

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is bringing the debate over guns into his re-election campaign.

Quinn says the issue of military-style weapons represents a fundamental difference between his policies and and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.

"My opponent thinks people should have assault weapons as they see fit. Do folks here agree with that? Do you agree with that?"

Quinn was speaking at a church on Chicago’s West Side to support a ban on high-capacity guns.

Rauner said people have a right to own so-called assault weapons at a primary debate back in February.

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Concealed Carry
4:37 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Majority Feel Less Safe Since Concealed Carry Law

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

As Illinois gun owners increasingly are allowed to carry their firearms as they go about their daily lives -- a new poll shows half of Illinois voters feel less safe. Qualifying gun-owners began receiving their licenses to carry loaded firearms earlier this month.

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Gun Control
5:50 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Madigan Points To NY Law For Concealed Carry

Lisa Madigan
Credit facebook

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a U.S. Supreme Court decision should help settle an aspect of the debate over concealed carry in Illinois. One of the more contentious issues comes down to a choice between two words.                        

Those two words are "may" and "shall."

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Gun Control
5:05 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Activists Rally In Springfield For New Gun Restrictions

Credit Illinois Public Radio

Activists carried signs saying: "Loose guns = Lost Lives,"  "Love Thy Neighbor Not Thy Gun," and "Connecticut Protected Their Children! What Will Illinois Do?" A new, sweeping gun law was enacted earlier this month in Connecticut where Sandy Hook Elementary is located.

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1:32 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Senate Approves Debate on Gun Control Bill

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill.

The first national gun control legislation since the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is going to be debated on the floor of the Senate and appears headed for a vote sometime next week.

Supporters in the Senate on Thursday morning rounded up more than the 60 votes necessary to clear a procedural hurdle that could have held up consideration of the Democratic-crafted package. The vote was 68-31 in favor of blocking a bid by some Republicans to filibuster the legislation.

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6:54 am
Wed March 27, 2013

60-Day Wait For FOID Card

Credit University of Illinois Extension

Illinois officials say there is a two month wait for a Firearm Owner's Identification card. More than 70,000 FOID card applications have been received so far this month. That's on-track to be a program record.

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Gun Control
4:36 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Quinn Urges Madigan To Appeal Concealed Carry Ruling

Lisa Madigan

Governor Pat Quinn says Illinois' only hope to retain its ban on concealed carry is for the attorney general to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  But the attorney general says she's waiting to see what the General Assembly does. 

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Gun Control
5:04 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Agencies Divided Over Assault Weapons Ban

Credit Illinois Sheriffs' Association

Illinois law enforcement agencies are divided on whether the state should ban the sale of so-called “assault weapons.” During a hearing this week in Springfield, supporters of the ban, like Sergeant Mark Marianovich of the Chicago Police Department SWAT team,  say assault weapons pose too great a threat.

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Gun Control
6:20 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Hunters Explain What Guns Mean For Their Passion

Hunters Mike Blaske, 32, foreground, and Scott Early, 63, pose with their shotguns during a late January Canada goose hunt outside of Gardner, Ill., about an hour southwest of Chicago.
Credit Chicago Public Media

As politicians debate gun control in Washington and Springfield, we've has been trying to hear from local gun owners. It’s part of a series called “Our Guns” - about the many reasons Americans own them. Hunters and sportsmen have complex relationships to firearms.

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Gun Control
5:24 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Lawmaker Wants State To End Investments In Gun Companies

Several state lawmakers want Illinois to stop investing in companies that make guns. It's the latest in a series of anti-gun initiatives up for debate in the legislature this spring.

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