Rauner signs 2 bills to tighten gun restrictions; Decatur gun sellers concerned

Rauner signs 2 bills to tighten gun restrictions; Decatur gun sellers concerned

Gov. Bruce Rauner signs gun control legislation Monday in Springfield. SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner signed laws Monday authorizing judges to take weapons away from people facing problems that make them dangerous to themselves or others and to extend the waiting period for delivery of newly purchased guns, but pledged to veto a third piece of legislation that would require state licensing of firearms dealers. Rauner and supporters said the measure could save lives, helping to prevent mass shootings and other common gun-related deaths. But opponents said the legislation was not needed and infringed on the rights of gun owners. "They are undue governmental regulations that are not needed," said Perry Lewin, owner of Decatur Jewelry and Pawn. "Just two more levels of government restrictions that will affect gun owners without solving the issues." Rauner also called on the General Assembly to send him other measures to restrict gun violence, including a ban on fire-enhancing bump stocks. Those measures were part of a much-publicized gun-legislation package Rauner promoted in May. But he failed to mention the hallmark of that package — an election-year call to reinstate the death penalty for mass killers and those who gun down police officers. The so-called "red flag" law allows police officers, family members or others to petition a court to remove weapons from a person who is suffering from mental health or other problems and can be shown to pose a threat of violence. A judge could order removal of the weapons for […]

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