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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lt. Gov. Simon creates firearms working group

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon wants new state lawmakers to learn about different perspectives on gun ownership.
Simon is starting a Firearms Working Group and plans to announce members on Tuesday. The group will be made up of freshmen state senators and representatives. They will meet with gun owners, hunters, law enforcement and families of gun violence victims.
A federal appeals court panel ruled last month that Illinois' ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing the ruling. But lawmakers still face a deadline to pass a bill legalizing concealed carry.
The group also will visit a shooting range in southern Illinois to learn about firearm safety. The lieutenant governor says lawmakers should fully understand all facets of firearm and gun issues

SPRINGFIELD — Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is inviting new lawmakers from across Illinois to work with her on a concealed carry law.
A federal appeals court panel ruled last month that Illinois’ ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing the ruling. But lawmakers still face a 180-day deadline to pass a bill legalizing concealed carry.
Simon says she wants new legislators from both parties to join her firearms working group.
Illinois lawmakers tend to split along geographic rather than party lines on gun issues, with Democrats from outside Chicago aligning with Republicans. ...

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