Gun owners from around Illinois rallied in Springfield in support of their Second Amendment rights. Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day, or IGOLD, consists of a march to the Capitol and a rally aimed at getting the attention of the governor and legislators.
Valinda Rowe, a gun rights activist and organizer of the event, says this is the first time a governor has met with them since IGOLD started in 2007. They gave Gov. Bruce Rauner informational packets and told him about their concerns.
"He's our last line of defense against a bad bill and he's our first line of defense on a good bill, so that's what we want to remind him of," Rowe said.
Rowe says their agenda includes blocking an assault-weapons ban and allowing concealed carry in more places. Current law says guns cannot be taken into churches, on public transportation and into the Illinois State Capitol.