Lawmakers aim to put gun control question on November ballot

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Illinois lawmakers, leery of Springfield writing tougher gun laws, want a gun rights question on the November ballot.

The question would be: “Should the General Assembly pass any additional legislation that restricts a citizen’s ability to own and possess guns or firearms?”

The measure comes in response to many counties declaring themselves as “gun sanctuaries” after the push for new gun laws in the wake of several mass shootings nationwide.

“Voters around here are really fed up with that,” said Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond). “We’ve been working on these ballot measure in three counties, in order for them to have a say.”

“I will vote Yes to put it on the ballot and I will vote to send that to the state legislature and say, ‘Hey, we don’t need any more gun control laws,” said Rep. Dillon Clark (D-Litchfield).

So far, the question will only appear on the ballots of three central Illinois counties.

The National Rifle Association has come out in favor of the measure.

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