Gun Sense Progress
On the national stage, President Biden and Vice President Harris continue to address gun violence in the USA in response to the most recent mass shootings. You can read the June 2 statement from the White House here.
In the wake of the Uvalde shooting, members of the House of Representatives are looking to pass the "Protecting Our Kids" Act which includes numerous initiatives, including:
- The Raise the Age Act
- Prevent Gun Trafficking Act
- The Untraceable Firearms Act
- Ethan’s Law
- The Safe Guns, Safe Kids Act
- The Kimberly Vaughan Firearm Safety Storage Act
- Closing the Bump Stock Loophole Act
- The Keep Americans Safe Act
A number of gun violence prevention bills passed in Springfield last session. Most notably are
HB 4383: Makes ghost guns illegal by prohibiting homemade, untraceable ghost guns and the parts and kits used to build them. Governor Pritzker has already signed this into law.
HB 4729: Creates a Gun Safety Storage Campaign that would require the Department of Public Health to develop and implement a comprehensive 2-year statewide secure gun storage public awareness campaign.
HB 5193: Allows schools to include information about safe gun storage in the parent-student handbook. This will allow school boards to discuss safe gun storage and gives community activists who are working on the ground the opportunity to push their school boards to use a safe gun storage curriculum.
People for a Safer Society is a gun violence prevention organization that was founded in early 2013, shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The organization aims to educate people and raise awareness on gun violence.
The organization facilitates education, awareness and advocacy that can make a difference on local, state, and federal levels. In addition to pushing for common sense gun laws, People for a Safer Society informs communities about non-legislative solutions, such as divestment from gun manufacturers.
People for a Safer Society is based in Skokie, Illinois, and has engaged communities throughout the Chicagoland area.