Sen. Harmon and Moms Demand Action urge legislators to support gun dealer licensing Act

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Published on Apr 21, 2018
Volunteers with Moms Demand Action were at the Capitol today to urge lawmakers to seek an override of Senate Bill 1657, a measure to require licensing of Illinois gun dealers. They were joined by students and gun violence victims for a rally and visits to lawmakers' offices.

Advocates for gun sense legislation, the group rallied in the rotunda. Senator Don Harmon spoke at the rally. Harmon is the sponsor of SB1657.

Moms Demand Action are urging lawmakers to override the governor's recent veto of the gun licensing bill. A recent poll, conducted by the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, found broad, bipartisan support for the Gun Dealer Licensing Act among suburban and downstate residents in areas viewed by some as less supportive of gun legislation.

Overall, 71 percent of respondents favor state licensing of gun dealers with only 23 percent in opposition. Support for the proposal was strong among downstate respondents (67 percent), West Suburban respondents (74 percent), Republicans (65 percent) and even among gun owners (63 percent).

Moms Demand Action was formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting, and has mobilized mothers across the country to become the largest grassroots movement working to reduce gun violence, according to their Facebook page. Moms Demand Action is a program of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country, with more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters.

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