Welch Encourages Open Discussion on Gun Control at Upcoming Judiciary Hearings

WESTCHESTER, IL – State Rep. Chris Welch (D-Hillside) is encouraging residents to attend the upcoming House Judiciary Committee hearings on responsible gun legislation, being held this month in Springfield and Chicago. Passing comprehensive gun legislation is one of Welch’s top priorities, and he plans to use his post on the Judiciary Committee to address rising gun violence in suburban communities.


“We have to take a stand against gun violence in our cities,” Welch said. “We owe it to our children to implement gun control policies that will put an end to the devastating hold that gangs and criminals have on our neighborhoods. Being a member of the House Judiciary Committee gives me the opportunity to push legislation that will take guns out of the hands of criminals and people that are mentally ill, while maintaining the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. It is important to have everyone at the table, and I look forward to listening to the discussion so that we move toward a solution to this crisis.”


The House Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on changes to the state’s gun laws on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at noon in Room 114 of the Capitol Building in Springfield, and Friday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. in Room N-600 in the Bilandic Building in Chicago. Welch believes there must be a multifaceted approach to ending gun violence, and wants all members of the community to attend to provide concerns and suggestions to the committee on legislation.


“There is no cookie-cutter fix to gun policy, and we cannot prevent crime by dealing with guns alone,” Welch said. “We must consult with parents, educators, community leaders and residents to get to the bottom of the issue and find agreeable solutions that fit communities across the state.  We also have to provide safe and productive alternatives to crime. We must continue working to ensure our schools are successful, quality health care is available, and young people have opportunities to succeed.”


Welch is also a member of the House committees on Higher Education, Higher Education Appropriations, Health Care Availability Access, Small Business Empowerment & Workforce and Transportation, Regulation, Roads.


For more information, contact Welch’s constituent service office at (708) 450-1000 or e-mail repwelch@emanuelchriswelch.com.


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