February 27, 2013
By Samantha Jeffreys
SPRINGFIELD - Members of Lt. Governor Sheila Simon's Firearms Working Group met with healthcare professionals Wednesday to discuss how gun laws can affect quality of life issues.
The group, which consists of freshman members of the Illinois General Assembly, is meeting with people on all sides of the gun control debate while the General Assembly considers the state's first concealed carry law.
Thursday, experts with the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network, the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria, the Illinois Association of Court Clerks, and the Illinois Department of Public Health shared their views and experiences with firearms.
"The intersection of guns and domestic violence can be tragic," said Simon. "As the General Assembly considers gun legislation, it is important that we balance public safety with our Second Amendment right."
Illinois is currently the only state in the nation with a concealed carry ban. It has until June to pass a law permitting people to carry concealed guns in public.