HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — February 1-7, 2023 marks the first National Gun Violence Survivors Week since the Highland Park Parade Shooting last July 4.

A memorial took place Friday at Highland Park’s City Hall during which U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) announced the Safety Enhancements for Communities Using Reasonable and Effective (SECURE) Firearm Storage Act.

The bicameral bill would require all firearms to be securely stored when a federally-licensed gun dealer is not open for business. When asked about Republican support for the bill, both Durbin and Schneider acknowledged they do not have any opposing party colleagues on board but that they are continuing talks.

According to a press release sent from Durbin’s office, in 2020 and 2021, federally licensed gun dealers reported a combined 769 burglaries to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and a total of 8,897 firearms were reported stolen during the burglaries.

Durbin and Schneider were joined by Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, Illinois State Representative Bob Morgan, Illinois State Senator Julie Morrison, and survivors of gun violence.

“Walk by a jewelry store late at night and you’ll see a window with empty cases because they know the high value of their product is attractive for thieves,” Schneider said.

Rotering said the Highland Park community is committed to common-sense gun legislation.

“We promised them that their loss in their pain will be a catalyst to action,” she said. “It’s imperative that we deliver on our promise to act.”

Watch the full press conference in the video player below.