Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has recently taken a decisive step towards mitigating public safety threats and protecting vulnerable populations. He signed the Firearm Industry Responsibility Act into law, making Illinois the eighth state to roll back legal protections for firearms manufacturers and distributors.
This legislation comes at a crucial time, as the United States recently experienced its deadliest first six months of mass shootings since at least 2006, with firearms being involved in all but one of these tragic incidents.
The signing of the bill took place at Gun Sense University, an annual training conference organized by Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action. Over 2,000 volunteers and survivors attended the event, emphasizing the urgent need for sensible gun control.
Governor Pritzker expressed his views on this matter, stating, "We hold opioid manufacturers accountable. Vaping companies accountable. Predatory lenders accountable. Gun manufacturers shouldn't get to hide from the law — and now, they won't be able to."
It is worth noting that this law went into effect immediately upon signing. Attorney General Kwame Raoul, a key supporter of the legislation, applauded Governor Pritzker's commitment to consumer protection and enhanced public safety.
State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, the bill's House sponsor, emphasized the severe penalties that companies will face if they engage in advertising that portrays guns as tools for carnage.
It is important to underline that these legal developments come in the wake of ongoing efforts by Democratic lawmakers across Illinois and other states to address the issue of gun violence. These efforts have been complicated by the expansion of gun rights by the U.S. Supreme Court last year. In fact, Governor Pritzker has already signed a separate law banning semi-automatic weapons this year, a decision which gun-rights advocates continue to challenge in federal court.
In conclusion, with the signing of the Firearm Industry Responsibility Act, Illinois takes a significant step towards holding firearms manufacturers and distributors accountable, thereby increasing public safety and protecting vulnerable communities.