Harmon, Morrison speak at Moms Demand Action rally

momsrally 032019 Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) and Senator Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) joined advocates from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America at the group’s annual legislative day and rally at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Harmon and Morrison have both worked closely with Moms Demand Action on legislation to prevent gun violence.

Harmon, whose legislation certifying gun dealers at the state level was signed into law this year after 16 years of effort, credited the group with garnering support for the bill.

“I don’t know if you fully appreciate what you have already done. You have done something so rare in politics,” Harmon said. “You changed minds and you changed votes. The power of moms in every single legislative district across this country is unbelievable.”

Morrison, who is sponsoring legislation to close loopholes in the state’s Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card laws, asked the group to continue their work for commonsense gun laws.

“I need your help on this,” Morrison said. “It is your constant advocacy that is going to make a difference.”

Morrison’s legislation, Senate Bill 714, was filed in response to the shooting in Aurora, Illinois, last month that killed six people. The shooter, a convicted felon, was denied a Concealed Carry License, but he failed to return his FOID card.

Among other provisions, the proposal would make it mandatory to submit fingerprints to receive a concealed carry license as well as increase resources to the Illinois State Police to better enforce and track those who should not have access to guns.

The plan would also make failing to surrender a FOID card or work with law enforcement on transferring firearms to another individual who can legally have them a Class 4 felony.

View video of Harmon and Morrison’s remarks below.