Newly signed gun-law reforms have both fans, foes

Newly signed gun-law reforms have both fans, foes

Gov. Bruce Rauner holds up gun-reform legislation after signing it Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Thompson Center in Chicago. SPRINGFIELD — Champions of gun-law reforms say a bill requiring a three-day waiting period for all firearm purchases, signed into law this week by Gov. Bruce Rauner, is "common-sense reform" that will make Illinois a safer state. Critics say state laws were tough enough as is — and extending the 72-hour waiting period that had existed for handguns to all types of firearms was an unnecessary step. "There are already waiting periods in place," starting with the Firearm Owners Identification card Illinoisans must be issued by state police before purchasing a gun, said Shawn Hudson, 45, of Champaign. "The FOID card is the biggest deterrent there is. You’re talking about a month or more wait time before you can even buy a gun. Illinois law is confusing as it is." The bill signed Monday by Rauner applied the three-day wait already on the books for handgun sales to assault weapons, including the AR-15, in an effort to standardize the "cooling-off period" policy. Backers say the new rules will give law enforcement ample time to conduct proper background checks, as well as prevent people from hurting themselves or others. The latter was the focus of another bill Rauner signed, allowing courts to grant emergency orders of protection and take guns away from individuals deemed to be at-risk — commonly referred to as a "red flag" law. "Having an across-the-board ‘cooling […]

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