Governor Signs Gun Confiscation Bill

Governor Signs Gun Confiscation Bill

Illinois lawmakers say the state’s newest gun control law could stop a mentally ill or violent person from going on a shooting rampage. After a central Illinois man shot four people at a Nashville, Tenn., Waffle House in April, a lot of neighbors and police officers said they had feared the day was coming. Travis Reinking, the suspect in the shooting, had a history of mental health problems and had his guns confiscated by the Illinois State Police. A new law, signed Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner, will make it easier for family members or local law enforcement agencies to take guns away from people who are a threat to themselves or others. Click here for summary "There has to be a judge, there has to be proof of the issue," the governor said. "It can’t just be some accusation. There has to be real proof of danger." The governor said there are two ways that families or police departments can go about asking a judge to take someone’s guns. "There is a two-week period, and then there is a six-month period," Rauner said. State Rep. Kathleen Willis said that people always see the warning signs after a tragedy. She wants to let people use those as proof to get guns out of a dangerous person’s hands. "Many of these are red flags," Willis said. "We’re seeing issues like there is a Facebook post that says you’re going to end it all. You have a Facebook post with a […]

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