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Minor begins concealed carry petition

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Republican state Senate candidate Mark Minor launched a petition drive Thursday to urge lawmakers to approve concealed-carry legislation.

Minor is challenging incumbent Gary Forby, D-Benton, for the seat in the 59th Senate District.

Both Minor and Forby have voiced support for concealed-carry legislation. Illinois is the only state in the nation without some form of carry legislation.

“The voice of Southern Illinois voters needs to be heard,” Minor said in a news release. “For too long, we have heard politicians talk about passing concealed carry legislation but the legislation fails to advance year after year. The time has come to put promises into results. I will take these petitions to Springfield and stand with Southern Illinois residents to get this important legislation passed.”

Thursday’s action wasn’t the first time Minor initiated a gun-rights petition. In February, Minor circulated a petition opposing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed legislation that would require gun owners to pay a registration fee for each firearm they owned.

With the gun registration bill stopped, Minor said he wants to do more than stop bad legislation; he wants to push a positive reform agenda.

“We have to do more than just stop bad bills,” Minor said. “Illinois is the only state in the nation without a concealed carry provision. Let’s change that. Let’s stand together and let our voices be heard. I encourage all Southern Illinois residents to sign the petition.”

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