Southern Illinois legislators sound off on latest gun laws signed by Rauner

Southern Illinois legislators sound off on latest gun laws signed by Rauner

In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2017, file photo, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner speaks to the media outside the Supreme Court, in Washington. The two laws authorize judges to take weapons away from people suffering from mental health and other problems and to extend the waiting period for delivery of newly purchased guns. Rauner pledged to veto a third piece of legislation that would require state licensing of firearms dealers. HB2354 allows police officers or family members 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. The law says a judge could order removal of the weapons for as long as six months. "It’s rigorous. There has to be a judge. There has to be real proof of the issue, it can’t just be some accusation," Rauner told the Associated Press. " … We want to protect individuals’ rights to gun ownership but, for those who are deemed to be dangerous, not let them have guns." SB3256 standardizes the waiting period for delivery of firearms to 72 hours. Previously, a buyer had to wait 72 hours for a handgun but could pick up a rifle or shotgun after 24 hours. Bryant “Quite simply, the bill goes too far and allows for actual confiscation of legally owned weapons,” she said. “This bill creates yet another layer of bureaucracy to place at the altar of Chicago Democratic-base politics,” Bryant said. “This legislation […]

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