Looking to address the broken system that enabled the Aurora shooter to buy a gun and keep it — despite his criminal history — the Illinois House narrowly passed legislation Wednesday that requires residents to provide their fingerprints before obtaining a firearm license.
(Reuters) - The National Rifle Association was more deeply involved than previously disclosed in the formation of a movement that encouraged county sheriffs not to enforce some gun-control laws, a U.S. gun-control advocacy group said on Monday, based on public records it obtained.
If someone is suicidal or an imminent threat to others, should a local judge be able to temporarily take away that person's guns?
Colorado is the 16th state to say "yes," while another 21 have taken at least some steps toward adopting a so-called red flag law.
It’s just a fact of life that handguns are now permanent legal fixtures in the American landscape. We have to live with that.
But the freedom to own a firearm doesn’t mean it has to be free of charge. It doesn’t mean that owners can’t be a tiny bit inconvenienced. And someone’s right to own a gun certainly does not trump the safety rights of the rest of us.
Spurred by revelations that the gunman who killed five people at an Aurora manufacturing plant in February bought his weapon despite a prior felony conviction, Illinois Democrats are moving to extend the use of fingerprint background checks for prospective gun owners.
Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that a person who receives a revocation or suspension notice under the Act (currently, only revocation notice) shall, within 48 hours of receiving notice of the revocation or suspension: (1) surrender his or her Firearm Owner's Identification Card to the local law enforcement agency where the person resides; and (2) complete a Firearm Disposition Record on a form prescribed by the Department of State Police and place his or her firearms in the location or with the person reported in the Firearm Disposition Record. Provides that the Firearm Disposition Record shall contain a statement to be signed by the transferee that the transferee: (1) is aware of, and will abide by, current law regarding the unlawful transfer of a firearm; (2) is aware of the penalties for violating the law as it pertains to unlawful transfer of a firearm; and (3) intends to retain possession of the firearm or firearms until it is determined that the transferor is legally eligible to possess a firearm and has an active Firearm Owners Identification Card, if applicable, or until a new person is chosen to hold the firearm or firearms. Makes conforming changes.
Creates the National Instant Criminal Background Check System Compliance Task Force, which is charged with the following duties: (1) identify gaps in reporting structures and procedures, (2) develop strategies and recommendations for addressing those gaps, (3) conduct audits of records currently held by the Department of State Police, clerks of the circuit court, mental health agencies, and other relevant agencies or governmental bodies, (4) identify and recommend technological advancements to enhance the exchange of information and provide more accountability, and (5) identify potential grants and other methods of funding to ensure better coordination with the State of Illinois and the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that a municipality, including a home rule unit, may not revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew a business license or otherwise interfere with a business license issued by the municipality to a business owner, including the holder of a retail liquor license issued under the Liquor Control Act of 1934, because the business owner lawfully permits a concealed carry licensee to carry firearms into his or her business establishment. Effective immediately.
Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act, a person or place of business who sells ammunition to any person in this State shall maintain records for each transaction that includes the: (1) date of the transaction; (2) purchaser's name and date of birth; (3) purchaser's address; (4) purchaser's Firearm Owner's Identification Card information; and (5) ammunition amount, caliber, manufacturer's name and serial number, or other distinguishing information. Requires the person or place of business to submit each record within 7 days of the transaction to the Department of State Police. Provides that each person or place or business shall have a record book maintained on the premises and made available for inspection by any law enforcement officer. Requires the Department of State Police to establish and maintain a searchable database which contains these ammunition records.
Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall conduct a search of the purchasers' social media accounts available to the public to determine if there is any information that would disqualify the person from obtaining or require revocation of a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card. Provides that each applicant for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card shall furnish to the Department of State Police a list of every social media account.
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon 300 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the Department of State Police in the time provided. Provides exemptions and penalties. Effective immediately.