CHICAGO – House Judiciary Criminal Committee Chairman Justin Slaughter issued the following statement after the Illinois Supreme Court upheld commonsense gun control measures:
“The Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Protect Illinois Communities Act is a victory not just for lawmakers and advocates but for everyday Illinoisans in cities, towns, and villages across the state who have raised voices to say “enough is enough”.
“Assault rifles were developed by our military to be used by our troops in conflict zones, not on our streets or in our schools, malls, concert venues, stores, and parades – where mass shooters have all too often claimed too many lives with the help of these dangerous weapons and attachments.
“I am proud to have played a role in helping to pass this legislation in the statehouse and advocate for other commonsense public safety measures. While this is a clear victory for Illinoisans’ safety, more work remains to be done.
“We must continue to examine and address the root causes of crime, and respond with innovative and holistic solutions that attack crime from all angles. I personally want to thank my colleagues in the House and Senate, Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois Supreme Court for holding steady in the fight to secure our vision for safety throughout Illinois.”