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Some issues get attention, some don't

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:37:22 CST
By: IPR's Tony Arnold

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 weve 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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