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Lawmakers Discuss Gun Control
Lawmakers from across the state continue to meet to outline their priorities for concealed carry legislation. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon convened the the bipartisan "Firearms Working Group."
"To share ideas and to better appreciate the problems that the city of Chicago faces and and the clear mandate that downstaters, for instance, in the 48th district, have, that concealed carry should be the law of the land," State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Carlinville), who is on the panel, said.
One of the biggest tasks for downstate lawmakers like Manar? Convincing lawmakers in northern Illinois why concealed carry is a good thing.
"I think there is an appreciation that we have to do this the right way," Manar said.
Mary Kay Mace lost her daughter in the Northern Illinois University shooting in 2008. She said it's very dangerous to move forward with concealed carry legislation because, she said, there is no mechanism in place.
"That is supposed to have us denying gun purchases to to prohibited purchasers," Mace said. "There are too many records missing from the database."
Macon County Sheriff Tom Schneider offered his thoughts on the gun debate to the panel.
"Unless we put a police officer on every street, we are not going to be able to do a lot of things that are proactive," Schneider said. "So, it becomes personal protection. I believe you have the right to do so."
Illinois is currently the only state in the nation with a law banning concealed carry.