“I’m appalled that churches and places of worship weren’t protected in the new law allowing the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns in public places. This law passed over my objections and I will continue to push for its improvement to increase public safety,” Kotowski said.
While this new law contained protections prohibiting guns in schools, it failed to provide those same protections to churches, temples, or mosques. Kotowski believes that concealed weapons have no place in houses of worship.
“Those who witness these events and keep quiet are just as guilty as those who commit them,” said Kotowski, a Park Ridge Democrat.
As proposed, Kotowski’s legislation would make failure of school officials to report incidents of hazing to authorities a Class B misdemeanor, meaning up to six months in jail or a $1,500 fine.