Illinois’ Gov. Pat Quinn has signed yet another law on Sunday, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday. The new law dictates that gun owners in Illinois must report missing firearms to police and also check the backgrounds of potential gun purchasers.
The law was signed on a summer's weekend in which Chicago police reported five more murders and at least 15 others wounded by gunfire in the city that has become the alleged-murder capital of the United States.
The governor signed the new law at Nat King Cole Park - a South Side park in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood - where an off-duty Chicago police officer was killed in 2010 with an illegally-trafficked firearm. Quinn stated during the signing ceremony that the new gun law will make it easier for stolen weapons to be recovered and also help see that responsible persons are buying guns.
Previously, the Illinois Senate and the Illinois House of Representatives easily passed the law with a solid majority.
The law, which begins immediately, requires gun owners - who lose their gun or have it stolen – must report the event within 72 hours to the police.
Starting Jan. 1, 2014, gun owners will have to contact the Illinois State Police prior to selling a gun or transferring ownership to another person. In this way, it will be certain that the person purchasing the gun is allowed to have one as the state police will check the buyer’s eligibility to own a firearm.
Illinois is the eighth state which now requires gun owners report missing guns to authorities. The District of Columbia also has such a law.