Deerfield legislators defend votes on gun issues, marijuana at post-session town hall

Deerfield legislators defend votes on gun issues, marijuana at post-session town hall

Gun Rights

State Sen. Julie Morrison and state Rep. Bob Morgan talk to an overflow crowd during a town hall on Tuesday, June 11, in Deerfield. (Steve Sadin/Pioneer Press) Recreational marijuana and gun control were among topics raised by more than 100 persons attending a town hall meeting with state Sen. Julie Morrison, D- Deerfield , and state Rep. Bob Morgan, D-Deerfield. Participants peppered Morgan and Morrison with questions on those topics, taxes and more on Tuesday, June 11, at Deerfield’s Village Hall in an event billed as an update on legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly in the session that ended May 31. No compatible source was found for this media. Interest in the town hall grew over the weekend when the Illinois State Rifle Association sent a communication to its membership asking them to attend and question Morrison about legislation she introduced placing restrictions on gun owners. People in the room were observed wearing shirts that showed their support for gun rights while others were dressed in the red T-shirts showing an affiliation with Moms Demand Action seeking more control over firearms. After Morrison talked to the group about child welfare issues, increasing the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21 and the pending referendum on creating a progressive income tax in the state, Morgan talked about recreational cannabis and health care. Then the questions came. Numerous hands went up from people on both sides of the gun issue, but the first inquiry came from Kevin Leman of […]

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