As communities across Illinois are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, gun violence continues to threaten our communities and destroy lives. It’s a disaster that demands action from IL lawmakers.
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, making it now more important than ever that lawmakers act to keep Illinois safe.
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.
I understand that our state’s priorities have shifted in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. I am asking you to prioritize the safety of our children and communities by helping make sure guns don’t end in the secondary market, endangering the lives of Illinoisans.
Please, help keep our state safe by passing The BIO Bill (SB 1966) before session adjourns.