Gun violence has devastated our communities for far too long. The League of Women Voters of Illinois has studied the issue extensively and has advocated for responsible legislative controls of firearms in Illinois since 1976.

Today the League of Women Voters of Oak Park and River Forest (LWV) urges our representatives to support HB758, a bill that would require the private transfer of firearms to occur at the place of business of a federally licensed firearm dealer who will conduct a background check of the buyer and follow all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Likewise, LWV urges support of HB796. Presently, handgun dealers in Illinois are not required to obtain a license from the state to do business here. HB796 requires handgun dealers to obtain a state license.

Gun violence impacts us all. Gun-related tragedies do not just take place in those communities who have not passed reasonable gun violence prevention laws; it affects us all. After all, those who would use guns for illegal purposes do not observe artificial barriers like county or state lines.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Louise Gates and Denise Sacks, Co-presidents, League of Women Voters of OP-RF

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