Advocates on both sides of gun debate take to Illinois Capitol

(The Center Square) – Advocates on both sides of the debate around gun control are using this week to champion their issues at the Illinois Statehouse.

On Tuesday, hundreds of gun control advocates from Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action and others, including some from Minnesota, discussed their priorities during a rally at the Illinois Statehouse.

One Aim Illinois Deputy Director Yolanda Androzzo pushed for gun control measures.

“Illinois state legislators have the opportunity, it’s an opportunity to ensure protection through protection and justice for survivors of gun violence,” she said.

State Sen. Celina Villanueva, D-Chicago, addressed the crowd. She said she wants to respect those lost to violent crime and blamed Illinois’ “messed up gun laws.”

“[Illinois has] messed up gun laws that we haven’t been able to change because those people on the other side think that their right to carry arms is more important that our right to live,”
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