This committee will conduct a study to create a profile of Gun Violence in the Elgin Area. Items that may be covered include:
- Analyze local data on gun-related incidents in the past three years.
- Examine local law enforcement strategies to prevent gun violence.
- Investigate community outreach programs and results. (This is because Aurora police attributed its low crime rate to working with community organizations, etc. Has Elgin done anything in that way?)
- Review laws/regulations pertaining to gun sales.
- Investigate compliance with laws/regulations.
- Other areas of activity
- Interviews with local experts and community leaders.
- Examination of incidents where persons with mental illness are being involved in gun violence.
- School safety programs and procedures.
LWVIL’s position: Support for handgun and assault weapon control.
Position in Brief: The League supports legislative controls to stop the proliferation of private ownership of handguns and their irresponsible use. The League advocates restricting access to automatic and semi-automatic assault type weapons.
To ensure that handgun owners assume complete responsibility for their handguns, the League supports registration of the handgun itself so that it can be traced to its owner. There should be comprehensive licensing procedures, with gun safety education, fingerprinting and photographs, plus a verification of the applicant’s qualifications and a permit system that restricts handgun ownership. Sufficient fees should be paid by handgun owners to cover administrative costs. Ideally, local or state governments should enforce federal standards.
The League supports handgun safety education only if it is required for owners as part of the licensing procedure, does not promote or glorify handgun usage or ownership, and is used to convey the dangers of handgun misuse and ownership.
The League supports regulation of handgun dealers. All dealers selling handguns must be carefully regulated to assure that they are legitimate dealers and not merely persons wishing to have access to interstate shipments. The League recommends high fees, annual renewal of licenses and a thorough investigation of dealers and their places of business. The League supports the need for further controls or elimination of mail order sales and interstate shipments.