Life may have slowed down during the COVID-19 outbreak, but gun violence has not. Communities across Illinois are being torn apart as lives are lost every day. As temperatures spike in the coming months, so too will gun violence. Without meaningful action to reduce the availability of illegal guns, these numbers will continue to grow.
That’s why I’m writing to you today. As your constituent, I am asking you to take action to save lives by passing the BIO BIll (SB1966).
Our statewide increase in gun ownership is coupled with an increase in the threat of violence. Under orders to “stay at home” gun violence is up 6% while unintentional shootings increase, and the rate of calls to domestic violence and suicide hotlines continues to grow. The combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and the gun violence epidemic is a disaster, and lawmakers must act to protect our children and our communities.
It is now more important than ever that ALL gun sales come with strong background checks. SB 1966, the BIO Bill, expands background checks to include all gun sales, making sure guns don’t end up in the wrong hands.
During these unprecedented times, I am asking you to prioritize the safety of communities across Illinois by helping put a stop to preventable gun violence tragedies.
Please, join the gun safety majority across our state by prioritizing this life-saving legislation. Pass The BIO Bill (SB 1966).