County Pushing For Gun Restrictions That Already Stand

On July 4, Highland Park, Illinois was shaken when a mass shooter opened fire during an Independence Day celebration. This led to multiple injuries and deaths.

Two parents of the same child passed away during this shooting, leading to the start of a GoFundMe for the young child they left behind.

In the wake of this tragedy, the gun control debate is once against being thrust to the forefront of America. Amid this conversation, it’s been pointed out that Illinois has all sorts of gun laws on the books, none of which prevented Monday’s tragedy.

Days after the shooting, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart is proposing more gun control restrictions since the July 4 massacre. However, the very same restrictions Rinehart’s advocating for are already on the books, both citywide and statewide.

Rinehart on Gun Control Measures in Lake County
In the state of Illinois, there are multiple red flag laws in effect. Yet, the shooter was still able to get ahold of firearms, despite being known to police and having made threats of harming people in the past.

Rinehart, meanwhile, stated this week that more gun control in the community is necessary. During a press conference, he announced the shooter was looking at seven different murder charges before calling for Lake County to implement a complete ban on assault weapons.

An assault weapons ban has been on the books in Highland Park for nine years. Other gun control measures, such as licensing requirements for gun purchases and ownership exist in the state as well.

The Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card that each gun owner in Illinois is required to have was also in possession of the July 4 shooter.

A Troubling History
Ahead of the Highland Park shooting on Monday, the assailant previously had other weapons, such as swords and knives, confiscated by law enforcement back in 2017.

Despite this, the shooter was not only able to get ahold of firearms, but his father also helped him with getting these weapons in 2020 and 2021.

Due to the constant run-ins with the law, questions are now coming up about why the shooter wasn’t barred from purchasing new weapons after 2017’s confiscations.

On Twitter, many conservatives have pointed out the issue isn’t about firearms, but rather about the lack of restrictions against the shooter to prevent him from accessing firearms, following a history of instability.