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Group studying gun trafficking to meet in Chicago

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 11:10 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — A group of lawmakers studying ways to curb the flow of Illegal guns into Illinois is scheduled to hold its first meeting.

The Illinois Gun Trafficking Task Force was formed by a House resolution this year. Group members will hear testimony Wednesday from Illinois State Police, Chicago officials and the Cook County state's attorney's office, among others.

Democratic Rep. Christian Mitchell of Chicago called for the group. He says gun violence is the biggest public health issue and the damage to innocent lives is taking too high of a toll on communities.

The task force will present a report with its findings to the Illinois House, Senate and governor's office as early as November.

The group's focus will be the Chicago area and southwest Illinois, including St. Clair County.

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