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Halvorson Disagrees With Democratic Candidates on Gun Ban: 2nd District Election

One of the leading candidates going into the Feb. 26 primary election, Halvorson said she would rather see the current laws improved, rather than creating new ones.

Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson took a different stance on gun control than other leading candidates in the race to represent the 2nd Congressional District, according to the Chicago Tribune.

At the forum at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, many of the candidates gave their take on President Barack Obama’s call for a semiautomatic assault weapons ban. Candidates Robin Kelly and Anthony Beale supported stiffer gun control laws, but Halvorson refused to line up behind the ban.

“We’ve buried far too many of our own children over the years—every day," Halvorson said, according to the Tribune. "When are we going to go after the criminals? When are we going to go after the people who buy guns for those who aren’t able to go get their backgrounds checked? We need to strengthen the laws we already have instead of keep talking about new ones.

"I refuse to take a look at these wide ranging gun bans and pass one more law against a law abiding citizen until there is something done against those who get their guns illegally or criminal,” she said after the forum. 

Halvorson has received backing from the National Rifle Association in the past, as has fellow candidate State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, according to the Tribune.

Read more about the candidates' comments at the forum by visiting the Tribune story. 

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Joe Lake January 28, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Debbie's packin? Joe Lake, Chicago
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. January 28, 2013 at 01:54 PM
If Halvorson is the only one that realizes you do not tread on the rights of the law abiding to stop the criminal element, then the decision process is simple for me, Halvorson has my vote
Southside2 January 28, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Well, she just lost my vote. I voted for her last time but she was unclear about this issue.
Candidate Charles "Chuck" Rayburn clearly stated that he supports the constitutional right to bare arms; however chooses not to carry a gun even as a "blue perk card" carring security officer, educator, insurance producer, and family man; married to the same women for more than 32 years. Chicago heights Patch has deliberately ingnored this fact, in favor of a candidate that won't even visit her own, former Bloom High School.

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