EDITORIAL: Five ways to fix Illinois gun laws and save lives right now

EDITORIAL: Five ways to fix Illinois gun laws and save lives right now

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Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson speaks during a press conference outside the Thompson Center about the Fix the FOID Act, Tuesday morning, April 9, 2018. Johnson was joined in the press conference by representatives from the Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee, the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, Moms Demand Action Illinois and more. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Another deadly burst of shootings in Chicago screams for better gun laws in Illinois. One set of gun bills in particular, now pending in Springfield, would be a move in the right direction. From Friday through Monday, 46 people were shot in Chicago, including an 8-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl at a family gathering and a 14-year-old girl who had just entered her family’s apartment when shots ripped through the doo r. In Chicago Heights, a man was shot on Monday as he waited to take a road test for his driver’s license. Forty-six shootings with almost as many guns. As Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said on Tuesday : “If those weapons weren’t readily available like that, we wouldn’t see the violence we do, and until we address that with common sense, we are going to continue to see it.” The proposed gun laws, which likely will be rolled into omnibus bill, are aimed at the 40% of illegal guns that are first in the hands of in-state gun dealers and wind up in the possession of criminals. The proposed laws also seek to take guns out of the hands of people […]

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