CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined several Chicago leaders and local advocates at the Gresham Community Center to discuss on-going gun violence Friday.

During a afternoon press conference, Duckworth emphasized her commitment to preventing and reducing gun violence in Illinois’ neighborhoods and under-resourced communities. She also shared the status of ongoing gun reform negotiations in the Senate.

“The bottom line is if 10 Republicans in the United States senate are willing to pass a bipartisan bill that strengthens background checks, raises the age for purchasing a rifle to 21 and establishes ‘Red Flag Laws,’ I will do whatever I can to support those or other meaningful reforms that can also save lives,” she said.

Duckworth was joined by members of Readi Chicago, an organization aimed to reduce gun violence and give those who’ve been a part of the problem a second chance.

As Duckworth works to bring more resources to underserved neighborhoods she said the people doing the grassroots work are the best ones to help connect with the community to make a positive difference.

“We have to partner with the community organizations and the leaders in the community to help us met that effort,” she said.