CHICAGO – State Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago, issued this statement following the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision that the assault weapons ban passed earlier this year was legal:
“Today’s decision to support the Protect Illinois Communities Act is a win for people fighting for the cause of public safety in Illinois. The deadly impact the gun violence pandemic has had on the people of our state, especially Black and Brown people, is tragic. Dozens of communities have been traumatized and thousands of lives have been lost, and the only cure to for this disease is robust gun safety reform.
“Illinois is a state committed to building a safer future for its children. An unequivocal ban on weapons of war that have no place on our streets is progress in the fight to destroy the specter of deadly gun violence that hangs over far too many innocent people.
“Now that this nonsense legal challenge has been rightfully set aside, it’s time to focus on next steps. I hope very soon I will have the privilege of announcing the passage of further safety measures to end the epidemic of gun violence that we have lived with for too long.”