Panel discussion on gun rights held in Peoria

By Chad Weber

March 12, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:02 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- With forthcoming changes to gun control on the horizon, Peoria residents gathered Tuesday night for a panel discussion on the topic.

The forum was held by the the Central Illinois Coalition Against Gun Violence and the Peoria Area League of Women Voters.

News 25's Garry Moore was the moderator.

Four panel members took written questions from the audience.

Those on the panel included a District 150 psychologist, a mental health expert, as well as people on both sides of the second amendment argument.

"There were not guns available when the second amendment was created that could shoot 30 rounds in five seconds," said Central Illinois Coalition Against Gun Violence member Lynn Fingerhut. "This is a very different world we live in."

"I think everything in the Constitution is pretty important," said gun rights advocate and panel member Jason Jording. "I think that as a society we are falling away from our founding principles. But not only are gun rights a constitution right, a lot of people enjoy firearms. It's a different view when you talk to rural versus an urban setting and different people have different views."

Tuesday night's forum included topics ranging from new laws and regulations for gun ownership to arming security guards in schools.

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