May 29, 2024

Contact: Jake Lewis


The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence Statement Regarding the Illinois General Assembly Declining to Take Action on Karina’s Bill

CHICAGO – Today, the Illinois General Assembly ended its spring session, again declining to take action on Karina’s Bill (SB2633), legislation that would strengthen the law to protect domestic violence survivors from firearms. The bill is supported by dozens of domestic violence and gun violence prevention advocates, healthcare organizations, and legal aid groups. The bill is also supported by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and has received supportive comments from Gov. JB Pritzker.

Amanda Pyron, Executive Director of The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence, released the following statement:

“It is crystal clear that our laws must be strengthened to empower domestic violence survivors, judges, and law enforcement to keep people safe. Karina’s Bill is an important step in the right direction, and while we are disappointed the General Assembly did not act this session, we are encouraged by the significant progress made to address concerns about the bill and educate the legislature. 

“For months, we have talked with stakeholders including law enforcement, advocates, and legislators to understand concerns and discuss improvements. We are confident that the legislation is both constitutional and enforceable. We have also heard concerns about the upcoming Rahimi decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, and believe our state will be well positioned to respond no matter the outcome of that case. 

“When domestic violence survivors go to the courts for protection, we must ensure that protection works. The Network, along with our allies in the domestic violence and gun violence prevention spaces, will continue to fight for this legislation, and we hope the legislature will act on this bill during the upcoming veto session.”


The Network is a group of 45 member organizations dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by gender-based violence through education, public policy and advocacy, and connecting community members with direct service providers. The Network also acts as the administrator of the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline. Learn more at