BREAKING: Illinois Governor Signs Strict Gun Control Bill Into Law Effective Immediately
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that will place new restrictions onto law abiding gun owners in the state.
The measure will both require background checks on privately sold firearms (aka “universal background checks”) and require that any lost or stolen gun be reported to law enforcement within 72 hours.
The stolen gun requirement is now effective immediately and the universal background check requirement will be required starting Jan 1, 2014.
According to the Chicago Tribune,
Quinn said the legislation closes a loophole in the state’s gun laws, which previously required gun show merchants and licensed firearms dealers — but not private sellers — to check that the customer had a valid firearm owner’s identification card. Under the new law, private sellers must contact state police, who will then search records and determine the prospective buyer’s eligibility.
The system for private citizens to run such checks will be online in time for the January deadline according to state police.
There was no mention of how long the checks would take or what information will need to be provided to the government from the buying and selling parties.
Illinois recently passed a bill that will allow for licensed concealed carry within the state. The legislature overrode the Governor’s veto of the bill which would have made the locations one could carry a gun much more restrictive.
That said, the Illinois concealed carry package is still much stricter than most other states, requiring a significant and costly amount of training. The law also has numerous restrictions as well as carve outs for the historically anti-gun city of Chicago.