Issues: Gun Violence Prevention
Position in Brief
To curb the proliferation of the private ownership of handguns and their irresponsible use, the League supports a ban on the further manufacture, sale, transportation and importation of handguns and their parts.
The League advocates restricting access to automatic and semi-automatic assault type weapons. These weapons present a clear and unequivocal danger to public safety. The League believes that it is essential to restrict or prohibit the possession and sale, manufacture, importation and transportation of semi-automatic assault type weapons for private ownership. Additionally, the sale of ammunition for these weapons should be restricted or prohibited.
The League favors restrictive legislation at both the state and federal levels.
LWVIL sent out a TFA to members asking their legislators to support HB 3160 Amendment 1: Lethal Violence Order of Protection.
NRA UPDATE: The NRA "Guns Everywhere" agenda was defeated in 33 states. The NRA had to raise its membership fee for the first time in 20 years because they are afraid they "won't be able to compete in the election a year from now".  Wayne LaPierre, December 2015
On the federal level, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee held its first-ever hearing on guns and domestic violence (and was attended by Colleen Daley of ICHV). The panel discussed measures to close loopholes in current federal law dealing with stalkers and perpetrators of domestic violence. Sen. Durbin hopes to schedule a hearing for Chicago.
News from our coalition, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV): The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) will meet soon to strategize action for the Veto Session. Several amendments to Concealed Carry such as prohibiting firearms in places of worship, further restricting firearms in businesses that serve alcohol, etc. will possibly be presented.
Now that ICHV is a member of States United to Prevent Gun Violence, LWVIL and other coalition members have access to CEASEFIREUSA: The GVP Report which includes national GVP news.