• Area state rep named to firearms group

    by  • January 29, 2013 • News

    Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon wants new state lawmakers to learn about different perspectives on gun ownership. Simon is starting a firearms working group and announced its members earlier today, including Representative Charlie Meier, a republican from Okawville. Meier is the lone downstate legislator in the group.

    The group is made up of freshmen state senators and representatives. They will meet with gun owners, hunters, law enforcement and families of gun violence victims.

    A federal appeals court panel ruled last month that Illinois’ ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing the ruling. But lawmakers still face a deadline to pass a by federal appeals court panel ruled last month that Illinois’ ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing the ruling. But lawmakers still face a deadline to pass a bill legalizing concealed carry.

    The group also will visit a shooting range in Southern Illinois to learn about firearm safety. The lieutenant governor says lawmakers should fully understand all facets of firearm and gun issues.

    Veteran lawmaker, Brandon Phelps, a Harrisburg democrat, filed legislation today allowing for conceal carry in Illinois. Phelps is a long-time supporter of legalizing conceal carry in the state, but has historically met with opposition from his fellow democrats in Chicago.