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Kotowski wants to ban guns from places of worship

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Pastor Cory Respondek poses with his Ruger handgun at his Living Water Church in Cahokia, Ill., just east of St. Louis, on Friday. "If someone is intending harm or to attack our congregation, we want to be able to stop that threat," he says.

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Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski, a former gun-control lobbyist from Park Ridge, is drawing criticism from some ministers after introducing an amendment in mid-July to add churches, synagogues and mosques to the list of places forbidden for concealed carry.
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    • Pastor Cory Respondek poses with his Ruger handgun at his Living Water Church in Cahokia, Ill., just east of St. Louis, on Friday. “If someone is intending harm or to attack our congregation, we want to be able to stop that threat,” he says.
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