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Rep. Hammond joins gun violence task force


By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Oct 6, 2019

Illinois state Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb)

Illinois State Rep. Norine Hammond (R-Macomb) has been named to the House Firearm Public Awareness Task Force.

Hammond will join 11 other House Republicans and 12 Democrats appointed to the group tasked with discussing the issue of gun violence and finding ways to reduce its occurrence. 

“I hope that my Democratic colleagues in the majority will look into the root causes of gun violence, rather than limiting the rights of Illinois’ law-abiding citizens,” Hammond said in a press release. “I will continue to support the Second Amendment in the General Assembly and oppose legislation that limits the ability to exercise our constitutional rights.”

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago)

Group members are expected to look into amending the concealed-carry law, as well as regulations for rifles and firearms.

“State government has a responsibility to keep our communities safe while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” Hammond said. “I am a staunch advocate for keeping dangerous criminals off the streets of our communities, but I fear that this task force will be used to punish law-abiding gun owners and make firearm ownership more costly and onerous for these individuals.”

The task force was created by House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago).

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