Illinois Democrats hope to keep children safe from gun violence through ‘Fix the FOID’ proposal

Illinois Democrats hope to keep children safe from gun violence through ‘Fix the FOID’ proposal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Democratic lawmakers are continuing their push for legislation to fix the FOID card system. It could require Illinois gun owners to provide their fingerprints when purchasing a gun. The Illinois Gun Violence Prevention PAC says fire arms are the leading cause of death for children and teens in Illinois. According to a 2019 CDC study , Black children are 14 times more likely to die from gun violence over their white peers. The groups president, Kathleen Sances explained similar bills have passed in Connecticut. By combining universal background checks with a licensing system, Connecticut saw a 40% decrease in gun violence. In 2019, the state only lost 11 children and teens to gun violence. “We know from, you know, the work that’s going on at the national level, clearly there’s over 90% support nationally and in our state for universal background checks,” said Sances. “Every gun sale should have a background check and I don’t think that’s a hard idea to wrap your head around.” However, a large group of republicans and gun owners are against this issue. Rep. Patrick Windhorst (D-Metropolis) said he doesn’t believe the FOID card can solve the gun violence problem. “I don’t know that continuing to put additional regulations or requirements into our laws is going to do anything to prevent future violence,” said Windhorst. “It’s more a matter of looking at what we have and making sure the laws that are there are being enforced.” Windhorst said there are other ways […]

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