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01 31 Dunkin, Hunter to Listen to Constituents’ Thoughts on Conceal and Carry at Town Hall Meeting
Chicago, IL – State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago) and state Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) will listen to input from community members on a conceal and carry bill being considered by the Legislature, at a town hall meeting, next week. The meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology located at 10 W. 35th St. in the Tower Auditorium.

“A court has decided that Illinois must pass a law permitting individuals to carry guns in public, and I want to talk to the people I represent about the best course of action for our community,” Dunkin said. “I look forward to listening and discussing options for responsible and safe gun legislation with the people of this district.”

In addition to Dunkin and Hunter, other local elected officials and community leaders will be on hand at the town hall meeting to provide testimony and receive input from the public. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Youth Connection Charter School.

Legislation being considered by the House would allow individuals to receive permits to carry concealed firearms after completing four hours of training, which would include instruction on handgun safety, principles of marksmanship, firearm care and cleaning and laws relating to the justifiable use of force. The bill would also require applicants to complete a 30-round live fire exercise.

“One of my top priorities this year is to make sure that Legislature doesn’t pass a law that puts the lives of our children and families at risk,” Dunkin said. “I urge everyone in our community – no matter which side of the issue they are on – to come share their thoughts with us.”

For more information on the town hall meeting or to reserve a seat, please contact Dunkin’s constituent service office at (312) 266-0340.

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