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Moms Demand Action descends on the Capitol

morrison 052219Gun safety advocates from across the state descended on the Lincoln Statue today to call for the passage of the Fix the FOID Act, a proposal sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) that would strengthen the Firearm Owners Identification system to ensure individuals with violent histories are not able to possess guns.

“This policy change will create a safer environment for us all,” Morrison said at the rally. “I fail to believe that we are powerless to act to reduce mass shooting incidents that continue to take far too many lives.”

 

Morrison’s proposal – contained in Senate Bill 1966 – would make key changes to Illinois’ current FOID system, requiring background checks for all gun sales, requiring applicants to submit their fingerprints, reducing the length of FOID duration from 10 to five years and create a task force within the Illinois State Police to prioritize FOID card revocations when there is clear and present danger.

Milagros Burgos, a mother of a gun violence victim in Chicago, spoke about the importance of Senate Bill 1966.

“Enough guns, enough lives taken away from families. Enough gun violence. This is why I am here with so many to speak for gun safety. To tell our legislators to vote yes for Senate Bill 1966,” said Milagros.

Senate Bill 1966 passed the Illinois House Judiciary – Criminal Committee yesterday and is awaiting a vote in the Illinois House. Once passed, the legislation must be voted on by the Senate before being sent to the governor for his approval.

Sen. Julie Morrison

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29th Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture; Environment and Conservation; Human Services (Chairperson); Public Health (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation.

Biography: Born in Beardstown; received a bachelor's degree from Knox College; served as supervisor of West Deerfield Township, married to husband Joe with three grown children.

Associated Representatives:
Jonathan Carroll
Bob Morgan