High Noon in Gun Debate
Byline: Marie Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
The candidates for the 46th District state representative seat in the Nov. 2 election both say they want to prevent deaths and tragedies resulting from gun use.
But Democratic challenger Deborah O'Keefe Conroy and Republican incumbent Dennis Reboletti support changes to different aspects of state gun-control laws.
Conroy, of Elmhurst, said she supports more regulations on gun dealers and gun purchasers.
"I support that people have the right to bear arms -- that's in the Constitution," Conroy said. "But I also support everything and anything we can do to make it safer for our law enforcement people on the street as well as individual constituents and children."
Illinois requires gun purchasers to receive a Firearm Owner's Identification card, which checks their name with several databases to ensure they have no criminal background. But Conroy said she thinks gun purchasing regulations could be stronger.
"We need to buy the guns from licensed gun dealers. We need to have background checks done," Conroy said. "There have just been an innumerable amount of tragedies that could have been prevented had we had these things strongly in place."
Reboletti, also of Elmhurst, said Illinois is one of only a few states that requires FOID cards and he believes the regulation is strong enough. He said he has focused on the criminal end of gun control during his time in office, enacting legislation to send anyone caught selling a firearm illegally and anyone carrying ammunition without a FOID card to jail. …