WATERLOO – Wednesday, Republican Attorney General candidate Paul Schimpf announced he is forming an advisory council to look for ways the state's top law enforcement officials can act to protect citizens' Second Amendment rights. The five initial members of Schimpf's council include:
- J.D. Barter - an Army veteran, a retired Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the owner of Tombstone Gun Range & Training in Marion.
- Eric Dowd - the Vice President of the McHenry County Sportsmen’s Association and an NRA Certified Instructor who resides in McHenry.
- Blair Garber - lives in Evanston and is a Certified Pistol Instructor for the NRA and an Illinois State Police Concealed Carry Instructor.
- Lee Groharing - an Air Force veteran, a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois State Rifle Association, and the Chairman of Three Rivers Friends of NRA. Lee lives in New Lenox.
- Tuck Marshall - an Army veteran, an Illinois Concealed Carry Instructor, and a Licensed Private Investigator who resides in Frankfort.
In November, Schimpf is challenging AG Lisa Madigan - who has been active on the issue of toughening gun control laws and enforcement.