Advocates Search For Common Ground To Improve Gun-Storage Laws

Advocates Search For Common Ground To Improve Gun-Storage Laws

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Chris Cashen of Bloomington speaks to the local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense earlier this month. Editor’s note: This is last in a two-part series about lost and stolen guns in McLean County. Part 1, published Thursday , focused on the precise moments when a legal gun becomes an illegal gun. Chris Cashen of Bloomington likes to hunt. Primarily pheasant, sometimes deer, duck, and goose. He’s also shot more than his fair share of tin cans for target practice. "I think people are being irresponsible if they have unsecured weapons. I just do." Cashen, whose family is from far southern Illinois, is comfortable around guns. But he also respects their power and what those guns can do if they fall into the wrong hands. “To me, a responsible gun owner is someone who sees the weapon for what it is to others. Not just himself or herself,” said Cashen. Cashen is one of around 35,000 McLean County residents with their Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. He spoke earlier this month at a meeting of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense ’s McLean County chapter. They wanted to hear from a law-abiding gun owner. That’s Cashen. He said it’s imperative for gun owners to lock up their guns at home. That’s to keep them away from thieves, but also household members who may be suicidal. “Guns are stolen every day. Stolen guns are used in crime every day. There are a lot of gun owners who believe […]

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