Gun Reform Package Sputters in Illinois as Legislature Adjourns

Gun Reform Package Sputters in Illinois as Legislature Adjourns

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The Illinois Legislature concluded a marathon session over the weekend without advancing a bill to overhaul the state’s gun licensing program, which means that the most significant policy proposal to have emerged from February’s mass shooting in Aurora has been shelved. The bill — which would have raised the fee for a Firearm Owner’s Identification card, funded a new State Police task force, and required fingerprinting for prospective gun buyers — passed the House by a 62-to-52 vote on May 29. But Democratic lawmakers were unable to gather enough votes in the Senate to send the bill to Governor J.B. Pritzker before the chamber adjourned June 2. Proponents expressed disappointment in the outcome, but signaled plans to revisit the measure when the Legislature reconvenes in November. “We were one, possibly two votes short of being able to pass it, so instead of calling it and being unsuccessful we decided to hold off and see if we can align more senators over the summer,” said the legislation’s chief sponsor, Representative Kathleen Willis, a Democrat from Northlake. “It’s not over. It’s just on hiatus.” Willis introduced the legislation after State Police officials admitted having erroneously granted a FOID card to the Aurora gunman in 2014 because a background check based on his name and birthdate missed a prior felony conviction in Mississippi, where he had served prison time for stabbing a former girlfriend and beating her with a baseball bat. The police realized their mistake after the gunman requested a concealed […]

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