State Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18, Chicago) is one of 15 members of the General Assembly who will comprise Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon's Firearms Working Group.
"I look forward to working with members across the aisle to address the gun control issues we face in Illinois," Cunningham stated in a press release. "By talking to gun owners and people impacted by gun violence, I hope to learn more about what needs to be done to address the important issue of gun control in our state. My hope is that as a group we can reach a consensus and do what is best for the residents of Illinois."
The group consists of newly elected members in both the state House and Senate. The members represent urban, suburban and rural districts. The group plans to talk to gun owners, hunters, families impacted by gun violence, domestic violence prevention advocates, mental health experts, law enforcement officials, among others.
Last December, a federal appeals court struck down Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave the state 180 days to pass legislation allowing for concealed carry.