Wheatland Township Democrats - News & Issues

More than 34,000 Illinoisans have lost their right to own a gun. Nearly 80% may still be armed.

The uncertainty has created a public safety risk that has been compounded for decades by antiquated policies and limited law-enforcement resources.

Among those with dismal compliance rates are residents convicted of domestic violence or people who had their cards rescinded because of mental health concerns, the Tribune analysis shows. About 3 out of 4 such revokees failed to tell the state where their weapons are, despite making a combined 5,000 serious inquiries about purchasing guns before the revocation.

The broken system was exposed in February, when a disgruntled employee opened fire at the Henry Pratt Co. warehouse in Aurora, killing five co-workers and wounding five officers before dying in a shootout with police. The gunman, a convicted felon named Gary Martin, had his FOID card revoked in 2014 but was never forced to relinquish the Smith & Wesson handgun he used in the shooting.

Read more

 

Print
Author: Site Editor
0 Comments
Rate this article:
No rating

Categories: County, StateNumber of views: 98

Tags:

Please login or register to post comments.

«June 2019»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
26
2546

Gov. J.B. Pritzker vowed to ‘think big’ as a candidate, but is his agenda too big? Lawmakers will decide this week.

J.B. Pritzker said it was “time to think big” to deal with the state’s challenges when he introduced himself to Illinois voters as a candidate for governor in a TV ad a little more than two years ago.

Now, five months into office, the Democratic governor finds himself just days away from lawmakers deciding the fate of his “think big” agenda. With the spring legislative session scheduled for a May 31 adjournment, the outcome figures to have a significant impact not only on the state but on the governor’s political future.

Pritzker vowed to change the income tax system and legalize sports betting and recreational marijuana. He proposed a series of tax hikes to balance the budget and unveiled a massive public works construction program with its own accompanying tax increases.

Read more
2728293031
2556

Will Co. Board Member Mark Ferry Fundraiser

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm Heroes West Sports Bar 1530 Commerce Lane, Joliet, IL 60431 $40 per person Includes food, draft beer, and ...
Read more
1
2
2550

Illinois Senate approves legalizing sports betting, gambling expansion and funding for nearly $45 billion capital construction plan

“For the first time in many years, we met our most basic responsibility in this state — a real balanced budget,” Pritzker said Sunday during a Capitol news conference. “Just a few years ago, just ...
Read more
345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30123456

Local Area Blogs & Links

Other Websites of Interest

The Wheatland Democrats Newsletter

Sign up now for free!

Terms Of Use | Privacy Statement