February 28, 2018
I have just introduced another important bill that will help keep deadly weapons out of the hands of those who would use them to harm others. Senate Bill 3298 adds a vital extra layer of protection before applicants are granted a concealed carry license.
In the wake of this nation’s largest mass shooting in a high school, we owe it to our children to do everything in our power to keep guns away from those who abuse them. We owe it to the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting to make sure that people like Nikolas Cruz are not able to legally buy the guns they use to slaughter innocent children.
This new legislation gives local police and sheriff’s departments the ability to prevent an applicant from receiving a concealed carry license if they have a valid reason to believe the applicant will pose a risk to public safety. Shockingly, this protection is not already in place.
Local law enforcement agencies, such as the Chicago Police Department, are the front line in dealing with gun violence. It is only logical that the officers who will have to deal with armed perpetrators should have a say in whether those people receive a concealed carry license in the first place.
In the United States, 318 people are shot by guns every day on average; 46 of those victims are children and teens, according to the Brady Campaign, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing gun violence.
Enough is enough. It’s time to make a real change and give the police the power they need to stop mass shootings before they occur, instead of just mourning them after the fact.
To learn more about my new proposed bill, please click here. If you have any questions, feel free to call me at (773) 761-0050 or email IraforSenate@gmail.com.
Senator Ira I. Silverstein
Illinois State Senate, District 8