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Extra: Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon Brokers Gun Summit 

 
Illinois Observer
January 29, 2013
By IO News Staff

The summit is part of Simon’s effort to convene a bi-partisan Firearms Working Group comprised of new members of the Illinois General Assembly.
 
The Illinois State Rifle Association and the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence plan to meet with the Firearms Working Group in the coming weeks to outline their priorities for concealed carry legislation.
 
“The Illinois State Rifle Association looks forward to participating in the Lt. Governor’s Firearms Working Group,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association.
 
“The input of law-abiding firearm owners will help frame the debate by clearing up misconceptions about private firearm ownership,” Pearson added.
 
“The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence applauds Lieutenant Governor Simon for bringing people from all sides of the gun debate together to work on this complex issue,” said Colleen Daley, executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Handgun Violence.
 
Simon’s Firearms Working Group includes, with one exception, new lawmakers:
 •Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake)
 •Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-Villa Park)
 •Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago)
 •Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Orland Park)
 •Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill)
 •Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield)
 •Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford)
 •Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon)
 •Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood)
 •Rep. Charles Meier (R-Highland)
 •Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago)
 •Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale)
 •Rep. Emanuel Welch (D-Hillside)
 •Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison)
 •Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Round Lake Beach)
 
Currently Illinois is the only state in the nation with a law banning concealed carry. The law was declared unconstitutional in December by a three-member panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the state was ordered to pass a law allowing concealed carry within 180 days.
 
Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the full 7th Circuit Court for review, but lawmakers are working on legislation in response to the court order and other high-profile gun control issues such as an assault weapons ban.
 
“State leaders need to engage in honest discussion about concealed carry, but it is difficult to have that honest discussion without fully understanding all the perspectives on gun issues,” said Simon.