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Lt. Governor Simon Creates Firearms Working Group

By The Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon wants new state lawmakers to learn about different perspectives on gun ownership.  

Simon is starting a Firearms Working Group and plans to announce members on Tuesday. The group will be made up of freshmen state senators and representatives. They will meet with gun owners, hunters, law enforcement and families of gun violence victims.  

A federal appeals court panel ruled last month that Illinois' ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional. Attorney General Lisa Madigan is appealing the ruling. But lawmakers still face a deadline to pass a bill legalizing concealed carry.  

The group also will visit a shooting range in southern Illinois to learn about firearm safety. The lieutenant governor says lawmakers should fully understand all facets of firearm and gun issues. 

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