Illinois Lt. Governor creates firearms group

By WEEK Producer

January 29, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:47 AM CDT

CHICAGO -- Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is helping new members of Illinois' general assembly get a handle on the state's complex gun debate.

Tuesday, Simon launched her new Firearms Working Group.

The bi-partisan group is comprised of 15 new members of the Illinois General Assembly. Simon said the goal is to help lawmakers come together and understand all sides of the the gun debate. The group will also be looking at any proposed new gun legislation and getting outside advice.

"We're going to meet with mental health professionals, law enforcement professionals, gun owners, families of gun violence, school teachers and administrators, advocates for firearm owners, and advocates for restrictions on firearms. And we'll also be making some site visits, among them to the world shooting complex in Sparta, and meeting with the Illinois State Police to learn about firearms themselves," said Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, (D- Illinois).

The Lieutenant Governor also filed for a FOID card. She said it will help her "get into the process".

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