Rauner signs “red flag”, 72-hour waiting period gun control bills

Rauner signs “red flag”, 72-hour waiting period gun control bills

Governor Bruce Rauner signs HB 2354 at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Illinois on July 16, 2018. | Colin Boyle/Sun-Times Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday signed into law a bill that allows family members or law enforcement officials to request a judge to order firearms temporarily removed from a person deemed a risk to themselves or others, in addition to a bill requiring a 72-hour waiting period for gun purchases. He said he’ll veto a bill requiring state certification of gun dealers, however, saying it burdens small businesses. Rauner said the Lethal Order of Protection Act is a “very good” piece of legislation,” that is “rigorous, there has to be a judge…proof. We want to protect gun owners rights, but for those deemed to be dangerous, not let them have guns.” The measure allows for family members to request an emergency order, similar to the standard of a search warrant, to remove firearms on an immediate basis for a period of two weeks. There’s also a six-month ordinance, which requires a higher standard of evidence, to order firearms be removed for 6 months — during which the person can petition once to have them returned. In addition to removing the firearms, the person’s FOID card will also be suspended. The firearm could either remain with law enforcement or remain with another family member. If the family member chooses to petition to extend the order, it would be for another six months. “Our whole goal is not to have this […]

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