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An Illinois lawmaker wants an increase in gun penalties

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An Illinois lawmaker aims to increase penalties for gun owners who illegally carry firearms into schools. State Representative Deborah Conroy is the one introducing the proposal.

The proposal would make carrying guns into Illinois schools, from pre-schools to colleges and universities, a felony. Currently, first and second-time offenders are charged with a misdemeanor.

A Democrat from Villa Park also introduced another measure that increases fines for carrying guns into prohibited places from $150 to $500. These fines currently go to a mental health fund. According to Conroy, this proposal is about providing more money to cover mental health services because the current amount is too low. The bill is currently in a House committee with other proposals changing the concealed carry law that was passed last year.

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