Illinois considers changing gun transfer rules following Waffle House shooting

Illinois considers changing gun transfer rules following Waffle House shooting

A man stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tenn., on April 22, 2018, and shot four people to death, according to police. The suspect, Travis Reinking, was arrested April 23 after a manhunt. The Illinois Senate on Wednesday advanced new rules about the transfer of firearms in response to the mass shooting at a Waffle House last month in Nashville, Tenn. Travis Reinking of Downstate Morton has been charged with four counts of criminal homicide in the killings. Authorities have said his Firearm Owners’ Identification Card previously had been revoked and his guns transferred to his father, who returned them. The measure aims to prevent similar situations by allowing for a minimum of one year in jail for people who return firearms without first checking to see if the recipient has a valid license. There’s currently no punishment on the books. Senators approved the bill by a 42-10 vote with no debate, sending it to the House. The vote came minutes after the Senate also signed off by a 35-18 tally on a revamped proposal to regulate stores that sell guns. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed an earlier version of the legislation in March. This time around, some Republicans were involved in writing the bill. Supporters say the new one makes it easier for retailers to get state permission to sell guns. But shop owners remain opposed, saying the cost of additional oversight would drive many out of business. To get state certification to sell firearms, stores would […]

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