Gov. Rauner signs two gun control bills

Gov. Rauner signs two gun control bills

Hide caption Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday signed into law the so-called “red flag” bill that allows guns to be taken away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others. At a bill signing ceremony in Chicago, Rauner said he also signed a bill that requires a 72-hour waiting period for the purchase of all guns. Before now, only handguns required a 72-hour waiting period. Rauner also said he will veto a bill that requires gun dealers to be certified by the state because it imposes a hardship on small business. The bill has not yet been sent to the governor. Surrounded by lawmakers from both parties and law enforcement officers, Rauner signed the bill, which got strong bipartisan support in the General Assembly even though the National Rifle Association said at the last minute that it opposed the bill. The new law, House Bill 2354, allows either an immediate family member or law enforcement officials to go to court if they fear a person with access to guns is likely to do something violent. If the court determines the person poses a threat to himself or others, it can order that the person’s guns be removed by law enforcement. The bill was one of several debated in the General Assembly this year in the wake of mass shootings at schools and last year in Las Vegas. Rauner said lawmakers still haven’t finished addressing the issue. He said a ban on bump stocks – which allow weapons to […]

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