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We Can End Gun Violence sign at a rally
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With the public clamoring for action to reduce gun violence, Congress may soon create a federal grant program that would offer incentives for states to pass so-called “red flag” laws. Those make it easier to take firearms away from unstable people.

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UPDATED 9:40 a.m. | New details emerged Tuesday about the recent outbreak of gun violence in Bloomington-Normal as authorities pointed to a new rap video that they say shows a deadly dispute between two hybrid street gangs.

Chief at a podium
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A 74-year-old man from Normal whose hallucinations police feared put the public at risk will return to court next month in hopes of getting his guns back—McLean County’s first use of the state's new “red flag” law.

Police and Fire
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Federal prosecutors have charged two Peoria men with stealing nearly 100 guns from Farm King in Galesburg and the Tac Shack in Monmouth.

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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.

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

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A team of nationally ranked junior competitive shooters includes a Normal Community West High School student.

Speaking on the 21st Tuesday, 17-year-old Jaden Thompson represented the Central Illinois Precision Shooters (CIPS).

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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.

For Doctors, Bigger Guns Mean More Trauma

Jun 24, 2018
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When emergency room Dr. Shayla Garrett-Hauser visits schools to talk about her job, kids always ask her to tell them about the grossest thing she’s ever seen.

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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.

 


Students at guns rally
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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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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.