from State Representative Yehiel “Mark” Kalish
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 19, 2019
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State Rep. Yehiel “Mark” Kalish 847-673-1131
Kalish Demands Stronger Laws as Member of Task Force Aimed at Combatting Gun Violence
CHICAGO – State Rep. Yehiel “Mark” Kalish, D-Chicago, will continue his push for stronger background checks, more robust firearm licensing and restrictions on military-style assault weapons as a member of a new bipartisan Firearm Public Awareness Task Force.
“There’s something very wrong with our society when children are being taught active shooter drills before they are able to read,” Kalish said. “We need to continue to pass commonsense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and help keep our families safe.”
A strong advocate for commonsense gun reforms, Kalish was chosen to represent House Democrats on the newly created task force, which will work to build on recent efforts to enact stronger gun safety laws. Earlier this year, Kalish backed the Fix the FOID Act, Senate Bill 1966, which strengthened background checks and eliminated loopholes that allowed dangerous individuals to acquire firearms. The proposal passed the House and is currently awaiting a vote in the Senate.
The Firearm Public Awareness Task Force will be made up of 10 members of the House Democratic Caucus and 10 members of the House Republican Caucus. The members will review gun violence data throughout the state and submit a report with gun safety recommendations to the General Assembly. Kalish will continue to focus on keeping weapons guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.
“We can’t afford to stand by idly as gun violence threatens our community, that’s why it’s so important to pass commonsense reforms like the Fix the FOID Act,” Kalish said. “I look forward to beginning our work on the task force and developing additional reforms that will reduce the gun violence that has taken far too many lives in our state.”
Additionally, Kalish is urging residents to contact sign an online petition in support of the Fix the FOID Act at bit.ly/KalishEndGunViolencePetition. For more information or to sign Kalish’s petition to combat senseless gun violence contact his office at 847-673-1131.