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Gun Control Advocates Rally at Capitol
They're pleading for their future and the future of their children. Church leaders and community organizers are joining Gov. Pat Quinn to call on lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws.
They're asking for any concealed carry law the general assembly passes to include restrictions for places like churches and schools. They want universal background checks for gun owners and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, gun violence victims, and community leaders took their message to the steps of the capitol today.
They are delivering 50,000 petitions. The signatures include people across Illinois who want stronger gun laws for the state.
Gov. Pat Quinn said it's an opportunity for Illinois to set an example.
"We're very diverse from north to south, one of the longest states in the union," Quinn said. "I really feel like what we can do here in Illinois for gun safety providers could be a model for other states and others in the union."
The group is asking for the law to require owners to report lost or stolen guns. They're presenting the results of a survey to lawmakers showing that 56 percent of registered voters want strong regulations on concealed carry.
Opponents point to research of their own. The Illinois State Rifle Association recently released a poll showing 2/3 of gun owners oppose background checks, and nearly 99 percent oppose a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The deadline for lawmakers to pass a concealed carry law is June 9. The Illinois House has given initial approval to a few components, including a requirement for registering handguns with state police every five years.