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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

DuPage County Board Supports Gun Safety, Penalty Enhancement Legislation

The DuPage County Board voted on Tuesday to amend its 2022 state and federal legislative agendas to support legislation banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The Board voted to request both the Illinois General Assembly and the U.S. Congress to enact legislation banning the sale of assault weapons and the sale of high-capacity magazines. The Board resolution further calls for legislation mandating safe storage of firearms, reforming the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card process, requiring training related to the sale or possession of a firearm, and increasing criminal penalties for certain gun offenses, including armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, possession of ghost guns, and for unlawful sale of a ghost gun.

During the DuPage County Board Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday, members heard from Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, who described the dramatic impact of the July 4th mass shooting in her city, which killed seven people and injured dozens more.

“The DuPage County Board is not a law-making body, but we can still be a force for good,” said Legislative Committee Chairwoman Dawn DeSart. “This resolution allows our lobbyists to work with our legislators to enact common-sense gun control measures that will keep our neighborhoods and schools safe and end the senseless violence these weapons cause.”

To watch Mayor Rotering’s comments to the Finance Committee, please visit https://youtu.be/qsuzumZQdIE.