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Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing courts to take weapons away from people who pose a threat of violence to themselves or others.

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Opposition to new firearm restrictions has sparked a second small town in central Illinois to consider a resolution inspired by several so-called gun sanctuaries.

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Have you become a first-time gun owner in the past few years? We’d like to speak with you for an upcoming story on GLT. Share your story.

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It sounds impossible: Pick up a rifle, aim it at a target 33 feet away, and try to hit a bullseye the size of a period on a 12-point Times New Roman font.

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At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside a small-town Texas high school, in what Gov. Greg Abbott called "probably the worst disaster ever to strike this community."

Ten others were wounded in the morning attack at Santa Fe High School.

The national conversation around gun violence generally centers around mass shootings, school shootings and gang activity. These problems need to be addressed, but may overshadow the largest group affected: suicide victims.


Police Data Show Gun Violence A Chronic, Growing Problem Across Illinois

May 14, 2018

His name was Devon McClyde, and he was 16 years old when he was caught in the crossfire of an argument while playing basketball one evening in a local park in Danville on June 8, 2016.

He died three days later – the victim of another gun crime in Central Illinois.

 


Barickman Blasts Democrats On Gun Rights

Apr 26, 2018
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State Sen. Jason Barickman delivered a fiery speech Wednesday in support of gun rights, attacking Democrats for trying to score political points on the issue.

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In the wake of the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year, Bloomington-Normal students are still working for change.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Hundreds of Bloomington-Normal residents braved the cold Saturday morning to protest gun violence and mass shootings and advocate for gun reform.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

About 1,100 students at two suburban Chicago high schools will serve hour-long detentions for participating in this week's walkout to protest gun violence.

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The U.S. House has approved a bill to improve school safety in the wake of the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Hundreds of Bloomington-Normal students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday to demand that lawmakers act to stop gun violence in schools.

Seth Perlman / AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would have required gun stores to be licensed by the state, calling it "unnecessary, burdensome regulation."

Ryan Denham / WGLT

Ellie Diggins and her friends can’t drive a car. They can’t vote. They’re not even in high school yet. But they want to influence the public debate over gun violence.

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Plans are taking shape for Bloomington-Normal high schoolers to participate in a national walkout movement this month aimed at curbing gun violence in schools.

Nam Y. Huh / AP

Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles in its stores and won't sell guns to anyone under 21 years old following the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

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Illinois education officials are weighing in on President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers as a school safety precaution.

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In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school, some local firefighter organizations are coming under criticism by community activists and on social media for raffling off firearms during fundraisers.

More Gun Legislation Filed At Illinois State Capitol

Feb 22, 2018
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More gun control legislation has been filed in Illinois in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

Isabella Rodriguez / WGLT

A local progressive group says it’s strange that some lawmakers are supporting bills aiming to weaken gun regulations in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

Rick Bowmer / The Associated Press

There is a growing bipartisan chorus of calls to take a step in the direction of regulating guns in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, including two lawmakers from Central Illinois.

Illinois Passes New Gun Ownership Law

Dec 28, 2016
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A new law meant to clean up confusion about who is eligible to buy a gun in the state goes into effect in January.

The new law is meant to ensure that FOID cards are taken away from residents who have lost their firearm licenses because there is an order of protection against them.

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Dwyane Wade is lashing out against his hometown of Chicago's gun laws, calling them weak and saying he's urged city officials to enact changes.

Wade also says his children are afraid of police the same way he was growing up and that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeting about the murder of his cousin last week left him with "a bad taste" in his mouth.

Wade spoke out to ABC News in an interview that aired today, one day before the funeral for his cousin Nykea Aldridge - a mother of four who was shot and killed on a Chicago street last week.

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Chicago has endured more than 2,000 shootings this year and a nearly 50 percent increase in homicides. Most of those shootings were gang-related. Some have taken the lives of children.

Springfield-born singer and actress Nattalyee Randall said she felt she couldn't just sit by. She picked up a pen and began writing a play. As someone who has worked in musical theater since childhood, Randall soon found herself writing songs to tell her story.

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Chicago has experienced a  70 percent increase in gun violence so far this year. What happens to the people left behind --the survivors -- and those who live in daily terror of the cross fires? 

Part Two of our series on Chicago's struggle with guns and gangs explores how a group called Chicago Survivors helps those left behind.

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Chicago is looking ahead to what may be one of its most violent summers on record. Incidents of gun violence are already running 70 percent higher than last year.

NIU Marks Anniversary of Shootings

Feb 15, 2016
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Bells tolled at Northern Illinois University to mark the eighth anniversary of a campus shooting that left five students dead. Family members of the victims gathered Sunday afternoon at the DeKalb campus as bells rang at 3:06 p.m., the time a gunman opened fire in a Cole Hall classroom on Feb. 14, 2008. Roses, stuffed bears and crosses were placed at granite memorials on campus that bear each victim's name. Lorel Dubowski's daughter, Gayle Dubowski, died in the shooting. Dubowski's husband, son, granddaughter and a family friend came on Sunday.

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Officials studying safety in Illinois schools say local authorities should adopt sound existing guidelines for securing the schoolhouse, build trust in students to come forward with their suspicions, and consult regularly with local police.

An Illinois State University expert on constitutional law says the Supreme Court's decision not to take the Highland Park gun control case is in part a political act. The court let stand a ban on semi automatic weapons and firearms with extended magazines in the Illinois village of Highland Park. ISU political scientist Meghan Leonard says the court did not want to be a part of the 2016 Presidential contest.

Leonard says the court takes very few gun cases.