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DuPage County Board Supports Gun Safety, Penalty Enhancement Legislation

DuPage County Board Supports Gun Safety, Penalty Enhancement Legislation

October 25, 2022

The DuPage County Board voted on Tuesday to amend its 2022 state and federal legislative agendas to support legislation banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The Board voted to request both the Illinois General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to enact legislation banning the sale of assault weapons and the sale of high-capacity magazines. The Board resolution further calls for legislation mandating safe storage of firearms, reforming the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card process, requiring training related to the sale or possession of a firearm, and increasing criminal penalties for certain gun offenses, including armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of ghost guns, and for unlawful sale of a ghost gun.

During the DuPage County Board Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, members heard from Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, who described the dramatic impact of the July 4th mass shooting in her city, which killed seven people and injured dozens more.

“The DuPage County Board is not a law-making body, but we can still be a force for good,” said Legislative Committee Chairwoman Dawn DeSart. “This resolution allows our lobbyists to work with our legislators to enact common-sense gun control measures that will keep our neighborhoods and schools safe and end the senseless violence these weapons cause.”

To watch Mayor Rotering’s comments to the Finance Committee, please visit https://youtu.be/qsuzumZQdIE.

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“Ninety-eight percent of the people in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.”

Lily Tomlin

“The people who work against your gun rights are basically saying to you, “The right of the criminal to rip you off, rape and kill you shall not be infringed.” And they wonder why we’re a bit testy”

Editor of KABA LIBERTY ADVOCATE, Friday, July 30, 2001

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”

SUSAN B. ANTHONY

“You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you’ll find me in a pile of brass.”

Tpr. M. Padgett

“Using inner city kids as your proof that guns and kids don’t mix, is like using an alcoholic to prove all people will abuse alcohol.”

Lori Broadhead

“How dare politicians continue to pass insane laws forcing good, law-abiding people to be defenseless and helpless.”

Ted Nugent

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Samuel Adams, Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

Thomas B. Reed (1886)

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776)

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Alan Dershowitz

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Sen. Larry Craig

“The AK-47 is not a device of aggression … I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country,”

Mikhail Kalashnikov, April 1997