Guns

A group of gun dealers is suing the state of Illinois to block new regulations on their businesses.

A Murphysboro man has received a five-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to an indictment charging unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The U.S. attorney says 24-year-old Billy Jack Reed admitted to possessing a 9mm pistol even though he was prohibited from possessing a gun because of multiple prior felony convictions.

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No injuries were reported after an apparent gunfight near the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau.

Cape Girardeau Police officers say at around 11:15 Wednesday morning, they responded to the 1100 block of North Sprigg Street after a report of approximately 12 gunshots fired in the area.

Losing a loved one to gun violence can cause anxiety, stress and other mental health symptoms. So can simply living in an environment where violence is common.

But experts say early intervention and support can help prevent some of those negative, long-term consequences.


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Carbondale Police

A Carbondale teenager is accused of unlawful use of a weapon following an incident on a school bus.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says on April 12th, Carbondale police responded to Carbondale High School for a report of a student, identified as 19-year-old Jekiary Anderson, pulling a gun and making threats to another student while both were on a school bus.

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Mt. Vernon Police Dept.

Mt. Vernon Police arrested a man early Sunday morning following a traffic stop on a vehicle at 29th and Jones.

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U.S. Attorney

A Centralia man has been arrested on drug and gun charges.

The U.S. attorney says 47-year-old David Herron is accused of intending to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and unlawfully possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

A Williamson County man faces charges related to illegal drugs and a gun.

Illinois firearms dealers will now have to have state licenses. That’s part of a package of changes Governor JB Pritzker signed into law on Thursday.


The ongoing series of mass shootings across the country prompted Illinois lawmakers to pass a number of measures in 2018 aimed at preventing such tragedies. One of those is taking effect on January 1st.

A move to ask Williamson County voters how they feel about potential gun legislation failed on Thursday -- though the issue may not be dead.

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Carbondale Police

No injuries were reported after gunfire early Sunday morning in the 500 block of South Illinois Avenue in Carbondale.

How To Stop Gun Violence? Just Ask

May 18, 2018

Conversations around gun violence often revolve around long-term solutions, like improving schools or the local economy.

But even if those things were easy — and they’re not — it would take a generation to realize the benefits.

And for the Illinoisans living and dying in these communities — mostly low-income, black communities — they don’t have time to wait.

For many families and young adults living in Peoria’s South Side, gun violence is too often a part of life and something they’ve been fighting against — with few resources.

Part of the challenge, according to researchers, is getting the broader community to examine a part of itself and confront the barriers that keep families, predominantly minorities, from moving out of poverty.

Abigail Irby Fights For Family, Community Despite Loss

May 16, 2018

In Peoria, at least 251 people were hurt and 26 killed by gun violence between 2015 and 2017.

Abigail Irby moved her family to the South Side of Peoria because she felt called to make a difference. Twenty years later, she's a survivor of the chronic violence felt across the state and says, “I’m not going anywhere until God says it’s time for me to go.”

Suicide A Driver Of Gun Deaths In Rural America

May 16, 2018
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The national conversation around gun violence generally centers around mass shootings, school shootings and gang activity. These problems need to be addressed, but may overshadow the largest group affected: suicide victims.

His name was Devon McClyde, and he was 16 years old when he was caught in the crossfire of an argument while playing basketball one evening in a local park in Danville on June 8, 2016.

He died three days later – the victim of another gun crime in Central Illinois.

 


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And now to Southern Illinois and a story about counties that are declaring themselves sanctuaries for firearms. From member station WUIS in Springfield, Rachel Otwell reports.

A state lawmaker wants to give Illinois police officers more power to take away guns from someone who might be dangerous.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday vetoed the only gun-control legislation to reach his desk ... since last month’s shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The legislation would require gun dealers be licensed by the state. Backers say it would help keep guns away from criminals.

The push is on in Springfield to pass some sort of gun control measures in the wake of the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day.

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Carterville Police

A Carterville man is in custody after police found him with a semi-automatic weapon.

Carterville Police officers responded to 703 Laclede Avenue Sunday morning around 7 and found 23-year-old Gregory Martin wearing a green army helmet, a ballistic vest and armed with an AR-15 rifle.

The issue of gun ownership has returned to the forefront after mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music festival in October and in a Texas church last month. Most of the concerns revolve around restrictions on gun purchases and who can own what type of weapon.

Things could get a little murky from a legal standpoint if you happen to inherit a gun from a loved one. In This week’s Friday Forum, we look at the case of a Rockford woman who found herself in such a situation.

The Illinois House is advancing legislation to ban “bump stocks.” The devices gained national prominence this month, when they were reportedly used by the Las Vegas shooter.

State and federal legislators from Illinois are proposing new laws in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday signed into law a measure that would increase the sentences for illegal gun sales.

People with a record of firearms offenses who try to sell guns will face harsher penalties. The governor says the law targets so-called straw purchasers.

Anyone charged of terrorism would be banned from having a gun under legislation introduced this week in Illinois. Calls for gun control have increased following a mass shooting earlier this month at an Orlando night club.

The proposed ban would also apply to someone who made terror-related threat, and is considered by a school official, mental health counselor or police officer to be a "clear and present danger."

The sponsor, Democratic State Representative Greg Harris of Chicago, describes it as a "pause."

Several guns bills have been proposed this legislative session in Illinois.

Some of the bills have gained some traction...where others have stalled.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says passage of his pro-business Turnaround Agenda would help to curb violence in Chicago. Rauner recently said he's "disappointed" in how the Mayor Rahm Emanuel has handled the outcry over video of a police officer killing Laquan McDonald, a black teenager.

There have been 45 school shootings in the U.S. this year, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says gun control measures are blocked by what he calls a "death grip" by the National Rifle Association.

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