G-PAC statement on ILGA adjournment - Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee
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G-PAC statement on ILGA adjournment

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2024

Media Contact
Maura Possley

CHICAGO — The Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC) today released the following statement from President and CEO Kathleen Sances after adjournment of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session.

“After a holiday weekend marked by over 40 shootings, including one that tragically killed 5-year-old Reign Ware, the General Assembly concluded its spring session without acting on any gun safety measures. This is unacceptable. Although shootings and gun homicide rates have decreased, there are still too many incidents of violence that are tearing apart families and communities. We have more work to do.

“I join with over 200 organizations of the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition in expressing our disappointment that lawmakers did not pass Karina’s Bill to remove firearms from known abusers once an order of protection has been filed. Our laws should work to protect survivors and their safety – not the rights of their abusers.

“The fight to end gun violence will continue this fall, and we will consider this inaction in upcoming general election endorsements. We must protect survivors of domestic violence, curb illegal gun trafficking of lost and stolen guns, and strengthen our laws to ensure safe storage of weapons in Illinois.”