More than two years after Aurora mass shooting exposed flaws in state gun laws, Illinois Democrats have yet to act

A month after Gov. J.B. Pritzker took office in 2019, giving Democrats complete control in Springfield, flaws in Illinois’ gun laws were exposed when a convicted felon whose state firearm owner’s identification card had been revoked opened fire in an Aurora warehouse, killing five co-workers and wounding a sixth along with five police officers. The case became a rallying point for gun safety advocates, who’ve pushed for mandatory fingerprinting for FOID card applications, universal background checks for gun buyers, and a system that ensures people whose FOID cards are revoked hand over their weapons to authorities. More than two years later, however, Pritzker and the Democratic-controlled legislature haven’t enacted those policies or any other major gun safety measures, even as they successfully pushed progressive measures that range from legalizing marijuana to abolishing cash bail. Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks to the Chicago Tribune on June 3, 2021, on a variety of topics during a phone interview in his office in the Thompson Center. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune) “We have Democrats from downstate, from areas where people are deeply concerned about protecting their gun rights,” he said. “And then we’ve got people who live in other parts of the state who believe, as I do, that we need to have a greater focus on gun safety, but it’s a complicated challenge in order to get enough votes put together.” Despite going into overtime, lawmakers adjourned their spring session June 1 without reaching an agreement on gun legislation that would address […]

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