Illinois lawmakers are continuing to hold hearings into issues related to guns. The latest discussed guns and mental health issues, but did not draw a lot of people IPR's Tony Arnold has more.
When House members have held similar hearings on carrying concealed weapons, the room has been packed full. A velvet rope was put in the hallway to control the line of people waiting to get in. For Thursday's hearing on mental health issues and guns - the velvet rope was out - but nobody was standing in line. State Representative Jil Tracy from Quincy says she was recently at a hearing discussing cuts to mental health programs - while at the same time there was a hearing on guns going on in a separate building.
"We need to fund mental health in this state far better than we’ve been doing."
Most lawmakers raised questions about how people can get their gun ownership I-D revoked. There were few questions about mental health issues or getting counseling for those who see violence first-hand.
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