Rauner signs gun order of protection, waiting period laws; will veto state licensing bill

Rauner signs gun order of protection, waiting period laws; will veto state licensing bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner signs gun control legislation Monday in Springfield. SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law allowing courts to take weapons away from people who pose a threat of violence to themselves or others. The Republican’s action Monday allows police or family members prove in court that a person with guns is suffering from mental health or other problems and threatening harm. Weapons could be surrendered for up to six months. Democratic state Rep. Kathleen Willis of Addison said her bill answers incidents such as the February Parkland, Florida, shooting after which people declared there were warning signs that were not heeded. Proponents have billed the legislation as a way to prevent mass shootings and other common gun-related deaths. Opponents, meanwhile, questioned its necessity and whether it would interfere with law-abiding gun owners’ civil liberties. Rauner also signed a law Monday extending a 72-hour waiting period for all guns, not just handguns. He said he plans to veto a gun-dealer licensing bill that he said is burdened by red tape. Today I signed legislation to keep firearms out of the hands of those who would use them to commit acts of violence against themselves or others, after proof is provided. pic.twitter.com/ZCFhUtNcBf — Governor Rauner (@GovRauner) July 16, 2018

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