Gun Violence and Gun Trafficking

As Attorney General, I will fight to keep guns out of the hands of people who have forfeited their ownership rights, and I will fight to fully enforce increased penalties for anyone who chooses to use a gun to commit a crime.  I will do everything I can to end the trafficking of illegal weapons to illegal owners, just as I did when I was a federal prosecutor.

I have seen the devastating effects that gun violence inflicts on families, particularly on families from low-income and minority communities.  I am committed to working to end gun violence, and I will make sure that the Attorney General’s office deploys resources to achieve justice for all victims of gun violence throughout our state, from our biggest cities to our rural communities.  I will work to keep guns out of the hands of those who are unfit to own a firearm, and I will work to keep restricted types of firearms and firearm accessories out of Illinois.  As Attorney General, I will direct my office to protect the rights of businesses, workplaces and places of worship to choose to be free of firearms on their premises.

I will be committed to the principles of responsible, safe, and legal gun ownership.  I intend to enforce all of Illinois’ gun laws while respecting our citizens’ Second Amendment rights and I respect the right of law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families.

Unfortunately our country is currently suffering from a failure of leadership.  While Illinoisans fear for their own safety, our President has offered little more than fear mongering and half-truths.  As your Attorney General, I intend to act to make sure that every resident can live without fear of the violence that comes from illegal gun use.