Hundreds of people descended on the statehouse Wednesday to urge legislators pass stricter gun regulations. Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense has chapters across the country, it was founded in 20-12 as a response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Member Lindsay Aikman is a high school teacher in Champaign. She says its heartening to see students from Florida demand government action in the wake of a shooting that killed 17 of their peers. "While we celebrate these voices all around us I can not help but think about the voices we have lost too soon thanks to senseless gun violence - young people that are remembered on the memorial T-shirts that my students wear." Aikman and other advocates want to see Illinois require gun dealers hold a state license. Members of the GOP spoke out saying the regulatory ideas in play are too burdensome. Here's Representative Barbara Wheeler from the Chicago suburb Crystal Lake: "Springfield Democrats chose to put politics in front of policy - ramrodding sloppy legislation, not thorough, not thoughtful." The idea for state licensing was first floated in 2003.
The measure for licensing passed the House Wednesday after changes were made including a cap on the fees that could be collected.