Senate OKs temporarily taking guns from dangerous people

Senate OKs temporarily taking guns from dangerous people

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate has sent the governor legislation allowing courts to temporarily confiscate guns from people threatening violence . The Senate voted 43-11 Wednesday. Democratic Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield is the sponsor of what is meant to be a step toward preventing gun violence. A former Morton man, Travis Reinking, 29, is charged with shooting and killing four people April 22 at a Nashville, Tenn., Waffle House. Authorities say that Reinking’s father, Jeffrey Reinking took possession of his son’s four guns, but at some point returned them. Police say Travis Reinking used one of those weapons in the Waffle House attack. Since the shootings, there have been widespread reports that Travis Reinking’s troubled past, including delusional and erratic behavior, indicated his potential for violence. Morrison’s measure allows family members and local law enforcement to petition a court to suspend a person’s gun license for six months. The person must be displaying signs that they’re a threat to themselves or others. Weapons would be confiscated and kept with law enforcement. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed a similar plan in different legislation but it requires a prosecuting attorney to seek a judge’s approval. Rauner’s spokeswoman did not immediately return a request comment. ___ The bill is HB2354 .

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