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Bloomington Normal Mayors Not Eager To Debate Gun Control

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:23:52 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Mayors of Bloomington and Normal are reacting cautiously to one change Governor Quinn has made in the state's concealed carry law. Quinn amended the law to allow Home Rule communities to draft their own regulations on assault weapons that would be more strict than the statewide provision. Speaking only for himself, Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner says he believes there is a difficulty in legislating big issues at a local level.

"If we have an assault weapon ban in Bloomington and I would say not in Normal somebody could take their assault weapon and cross the border. So I think gun control on a community by community basis is troublesome and usually not very effective."

Renner says the actual conversation on the issue has yet to even begin on the City Council. The Mayor of Normal, Chris Koos, also cautions the issue is still in its early stages, but Koos says generally speaking, the more local power options the better.

"I think you will find most municipalities prefer home rule control over issues like this. But, before I would enact anything more stringent than the what the state would have, it would require a lot of discussion in council and a lot of input from the public."

Koos says his personal opinion is that he does not particularly believe in concealed carry. Koos says the entire issue may be moot. Renner says there are enough divisions locally, for the city to have a fight over gun control as well concerns him. He says he is not optimistic it would be productive. Koos says the entire issue may be moot because the Illinois House and Senate will likely override Quinn's changes.

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