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McDermed to serve on House firearms task force

State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena
State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena

State Rep. Margo McDermed announced her appointment to serve on the newly created, bipartisan House Firearm Public Awareness Task Force.

The task force will review the issue of gun violence and make recommendations for reducing such violence in Illinois, according to a news release. House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, established the task force Sept. 13 after state Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago, called for one to be formed. Ford will serve as the task force’s chairman.

“I look forward to a healthy debate on these issues,” McDermed said. “My hope is that this task force will take a nuanced approach to the emotionally charged issue of gun violence and develop solutions that will actually produce results and not just overreaching, ineffective legislation designed to grab headlines.”

The task force will touch on issues such as assault weapons and the state’s concealed carry law. It also will consider problems with bail bonds, something which has sparked apprehension from police and citizens alike, according to the release.

In Cook County, bonds have been lowered or removed in an effort to reform criminal justice. However, lawmakers are concerned that offenders with histories of gun violence are too easily released after arrest, McDermed said.

McDermed was one of 10 House Republicans chosen for the 20-member task force by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs.

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