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Harmon joins Moms Demand Action to urge gun dealer licensing override (VIDEO)

harmon 041818Volunteers with Moms Demand Action were at the Capitol today to urge lawmakers to seek an override of Senate Bill 1657, a measure to require licensing of Illinois gun dealers. They were joined by students and gun violence victims for a rally and visits to lawmakers' offices.

Advocates for gun sense legislation, the group rallied in the rotunda. Senator Don Harmon spoke at the rally. Harmon is the sponsor of SB1657.

New poll shows widespread support for Harmon gun dealer licensing plan

harmon 041118SPRINGFIELD – A poll released today shows that a majority of Illinoisans support Senator Don Harmon’s (D-Oak Park) plan to license gun dealers at the state level.

The poll, conducted by the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition, found broad, bipartisan support for the Gun Dealer Licensing Act among suburban and downstate residents in areas viewed by some as less supportive of gun legislation.

Overall, 71 percent of respondents favor state licensing of gun dealers with only 23 percent in opposition. Support for the proposal was strong among downstate respondents (67 percent), West Suburban respondents (74 percent), Republicans (65 percent) and even among gun owners (63 percent).

Harmon moves to expand safe zones for immigrants in Illinois

harmon 041018SPRINGFIELD –State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) passed a measure out of committee today that would create safe zones from immigration enforcement in Illinois.

The legislation prohibits state and local law enforcement from carrying out federal immigration efforts at locations including state-funded schools, state-funded medical treatment and health care facilities, public libraries, facilities operated by the Secretary of State, and state courts.

These safe zones were in the original version of the Trust Act that passed the Senate but were amended in the House and not in the final version signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last year.

“Immigrants in Illinois are hardworking people who contribute to our communities,” Harmon said. “They have built their homes here. They are raising their families here. They should be treated like human beings, not taken away like criminals when they drop their children off at school.”

According to a 2014 study by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, roughly 68 percent of undocumented immigrants participate in the labor force in Illinois, a higher rate than that of the general public (66 percent).

Harmon’s measure also prohibit applications for state benefits from asking for information related to citizenship or immigration status unless otherwise required by law.

Senate Bill 35 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 8-4 today and moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Harmon announces petition to tell Rauner to support gun dealer licensing

gun petition 033018On March 13, the eve of a nationwide school walkout to demand gun reform, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a measure that would crack down on illegal weapon trafficking by licensing gun dealers at the state level.

The Gun Dealer Licensing Act was the result of years of bipartisan negotiations. It passed the Senate last April and the House in February.

Rather than listen to the wishes of his constituents – 85 percent of whom support licensing gun dealers – the governor sided with the NRA and the small percentage who oppose it.

Senator Don Harmon

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President Pro Tempore
39th District
 
Years served:
2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Assignments (Vice-Chairperson); Executive (Chairperson); Judiciary; Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Attorney; born 1966, in Oak Park; graduated St. Ignatius High School; B.A., Knox College; J.D. and M.B.A., University of Chicago; married (wife, Teresa), has three children: Don, Frances, and Margaret.

Associated Representative(s): Kathleen Willis, Camille Y. Lilly