villivalam gun rally 010523SPRINGFIELD – Survivors of gun violence, gun safety advocates and faith leaders visited the Illinois State Capitol Thursday to host a rally encouraging lawmakers to pass legislation banning assault weapons in Illinois.

“I support banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines because I am a father to two young sons,” said State Senator Ram Villivalam (D-Chicago) at the rally. “As we approach this opportunity to take a monumental step forward to achieve true public safety for all of us, I am reminded of my kids and the stories we’ve heard day in and day out of children who have been lost to gun violence. No parent should have to carry that pain.”


Calls to pass an assault weapon ban have grown since the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. According to Gun Violence Prevention Illinois, more than 1,300 people die by guns in our state each year, and firearms are the leading cause of death in children and teens.


Lawmakers intend to advance legislation during the final weeks of the 102nd General Assembly. The legislative session ends on Jan. 10, 2023.