U.S. Senator Dick Durbin argued Wednesday, Oct. 11 during a press conference at Roosevelt University in Chicago for a new federal law that would require completion of a background check prior to any gun sale.
Joined by members of the Brady Campaign & Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and Moms Demand Action, Durbin told members of the media assembled in Roosevelt’s second-floor Spertus Lounge that “it’s time for meaningful, universal background checks” regarding any gun purchase made in America today.
Mass shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the Orlando nightclub shooting and the recent Oct. 1 rampage at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas were cited as impetus for passage of a “No Check, No Sale” bill that was introduced Oct. 6 by Durbin and fellow Democratic senators in Washington, D.C.
“It’s time to speak up. It’s time for all of us to stand up,” said John Gruber, senior organizing manager of the Brady Campaign, which estimates 93 people lose their lives every day across America to gun violence.
It was estimated during the press conference that the majority of guns in Illinois are coming from out of state and that one in five gun-sale transactions are being completed without a background check.
The proposed legislation supported by Durbin, Senator Tammy Duckworth and more than 20 other senators would close a loophole that currently allows gun sales to take place if background checks aren’t completed within a 72-hour time frame.
“We realize the toll that guns have taken on so many families” in Chicago, said Durbin, who cited figures showing more than 3,000 people have been wounded and more than 500 killed in the city due to gun violence during 2017.
“It’s an issue America can no longer ignore,” declared Durbin, who was also joined at the new conference by Roosevelt University President Ali Malekzadeh.