U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis isn’t convinced more gun regulations are the solution to Illinois’ problems with gun violence. Beyond possibly increasing penalties for people who buy guns for others who can’t legally obtain them, Oberweis says he’s not sure what can be done to reduce gun violence in the state through enacting new laws.
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“I don’t have the answer to every problem,” Oberweis said. “I am pretty knowledgeable about the economy. I’m less knowledgeable about how we solve the gun violence, but I will listen, and you know what, as an entrepreneur—entrepreneurs make mistakes, but they learn from those mistakes. They get better over a period of time.”
Oberweis says providing better jobs and better schooling to those who live in violent neighborhoods may be one solution, but doesn’t believe universal background checks for gun ownership will cut down on gun trafficking. Oberweis’ opponent, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), has been a strong supporter of federal background checks for gun purchases at gun shows and through online stores.