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Gun Control

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Editor’s note: This is last in a two-part series about lost and stolen guns in McLean County. Part 1, published Thursday, focused on the precise moments when a legal gun becomes an illegal gun. 

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High school youth activists in the Twin Cities are focusing this year on reducing local gun violence.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says two background check bills that passed the House are “window dressing” and “distractions” that will burden law-abiding gun owners but won’t really stop gun violence.

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The two Republican congressmen who represent Bloomington-Normal voted Wednesday against a bill that advocates call the most significant gun control measure in more than two decades.

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Victims of gun violence and advocates for gun control joined forces Wednesday in Bloomington to mark the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting and urge lawmakers to act.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker has authorized state licensing of firearms dealers after his Republican predecessor rejected the idea.

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Nine people have died in Bloomington-Normal in gun violence this year. More than that tally have survived bullet wounds.

In Illinois, the debate over gun control was waged in county-wide elections.

 

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Student protests following the Valentine’s Day mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have not ebbed.

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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.

Updated at 10:45 p.m. ET

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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

Firefighter Gun Raffles Come Under Fire

Feb 26, 2018
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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.

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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.

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