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Gov. Bruce Rauner signed laws Monday authorizing judges to take weapons away from people facing problems that make them dangerous to themselves or others and to extend the waiting period for delivery of newly purchased guns, but pledged to veto a third piece of legislation that would require state licensing of firearms dealers.

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An aide to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the gun restrictions the Republican wrapped together in a contentious veto are not an "all-or-nothing deal."

 

David Risely is Rauner's criminal justice director. He said Wednesday that Rauner would approve separate bills covering the additional issues. They include a 72-hour waiting period for delivery of any gun, a bump-stock ban and a procedure for removing guns from dangerous people.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state should be able to execute persons convicted of killing police officers or committing mass shootings. He made that proposal among several measures Monday in an amendatory veto message of legislation aimed at reducing gun violence.

The bill, HB1468, would have required anyone buying so-called assault-style weapons to wait 72 hours before picking up their purchase from a gun dealer.

May 14, 2018

To the Honorable Members of
The Illinois House of Representatives,
100th General Assembly:

Today I return House Bill 1468 with specific recommendations for change.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is accusing a northern Illinois high school of discriminating against a small group of pro-gun students.

The ACLU sent a letter to Rockton’s Hononegah High School this week, just as many students nationwide are planning school walkouts.

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Illinois House Democrats are trying to muster support to overturn Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill that would require state licenses for gun dealers.

At a House committee hearing in Chicago, gun control supporters in the legislature hoped to use growing national sentiment in their favor. Activist Gayinga Washington told lawmakers she’s frustrated that no law has been passed yet.

“People are losing their lives while you’re squabbling about this and that and the other,” Washington said.

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A bill in the Illinois legislature would help friends and family members take action when they see warning signs that could lead to gun violence.

The House could take up the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act this week. It has already passed the Senate. It would allow courts to temporarily take away guns from people found to be a danger to themselves or others.

The League of Women Voters of Illinois supports the measure. League president Bonnie Cox says—as a therapist—she sees it as a tool that could save lives.

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With more student protests expected after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is encouraging schools to "nurture your students’ efforts to learn for themselves about participatory democracy."

In an open letter published Monday, the civil liberties group suggests excusing absences for students who demonstrate.

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Hundreds of people descended on the statehouse Wednesday to urge legislators to pass stricter gun regulations.

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense has chapters across the country. It was founded in 2012 as a response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Member Lindsay Aikman is a high school teacher in Champaign. She said it's heartening to see students from Florida demand government action in the wake of a shooting that killed 17 of their peers.

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In response to a Florida massacre and the killing of a Chicago police officer, the Democrat-controlled Illinois House pushed through some gun control measures Wednesday, endorsing a bump-stock ban and a minimum age of 21 for buying assault-style weapons.

The House voted to prohibit the sale of bump stocks and "trigger cranks," which increase the firing rates of rifles, effectively making them assault-style weapons. Also approved was a bar on anyone younger than 21 buying assault-style weapons of the type used in the shooting deaths of 17 students in Parkland, Fla.

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Several gun-related proposals passed an Illinois House committee hearing Tuesday. 

Gun control supporters in attendance included members of the Chicago Police Department, who stood behind the so-called "Paul Bauer Act" —  drafted in memory of the Chicago police commander killed by a man wearing body armor. The measure would prohibit its use and set a limit on high-capacity ammunition devices.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson told lawmakers it’s up to them to prevent similar tragedies going forward.

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President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers as a school safety precaution doesn’t sit well with Illinois teachers.

Illinois Federation of Teachers president Dan Montgomery says he has yet to talk to an educator who thinks it’s a good idea. He says this could affect the teacher shortage.

“People are not going to want to go into the profession if the job description includes being a paramilitary officer who may well have to shoot children,” he says.

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Following the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead, Democrats in the Illinois House plan to take up a package of gun safety measures this week.

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Another state lawmaker is targeting weapons like the AR-15,  a  popular semiautomatic rifle used in the recent Florida school shooting.  Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, filed a bill that would ban "assault weapons." 

“I don’t know why people need these guns in the first place. They’re highly sophisticated, powerful guns.”

About 60 people took part in a vigil in Champaign last night for stricter gun control laws.

Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America held the vigil to observe the fifth year since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.

Since that shooting, Moms Demand Action has seen success in getting individual states to pass strict gun laws. But Illinois Chapter Leader Lauren Quinn says Congress has been a different story.

Illinois House Buries 'Bump Stock' Ban

Oct 27, 2017

The Illinois House today tried — and failed — to ban the gun modification known as a “bump stock.” The law was proposed as a response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Bump stocks use a semiautomatic rifle’s recoil to make it fire more like a fully-automatic weapon. The devices can make semiautomatic rifle fire almost as quickly as machine guns.

The Las Vegas gunman used several bump stocks to maximize casualties among country music fans attending a festival.

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State and federal legislators from Illinois are proposing new laws in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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A proposal meant to address Chicago’s gun violence is being met with some strong resistance from African-American lawmakers.

 

The bill would lock up repeat gun offenders for longer periods. It’s been pushed by Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent for years, but there’s now increased pressure to pass something.

 

State Rep. Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago, said there are concerns that simply putting people in prison for up to 14 years won’t have beneficial effects.

 

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U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on the House floor yesterday. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, was among several Illinois representatives sitting on the chamber floor in front of the Speaker’s empty podium.

Their protest comes two days after four pieces of gun control legislation were blocked Monday in the U.S. Senate. Bustos called the proposals “common sense” measures that are long overdue.

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Illinois Democrats are advancing plans preventing people with mental illnesses from legally owning firearms.

The plans target state gun owner's identification cards, which allow people to possess firearms. The bills are up for consideration this month by the House and Senate chambers.

One plan would temporarily suspend gun permits of people who show signs of being a danger to themselves or others.

A petition could be filed in any circuit court by someone who lives with the person. Gun rights advocates say that infringes on constitutional rights.

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Governor Scott Walker wants Wisconsin's attorney general to challenge President Barack Obama's gun control plan.

Walker said in a statement Wednesday that he believes Obama overstepped his authority when he announced an executive action to expand mandatory background checks to gun shows, flea markets and online sales.

Walker says Obama has created uncertainty for law-abiding citizens who want to sell guns and could deprive millions of Americans of their gun rights without any indication of imminent danger.

He called the plan an illegal act.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from gun owners who challenged a Chicago suburb's ban on assault weapons.

The justices on Monday refused to hear the case of a Highland Park pediatrician who objected to the city's 2013 ban on semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. The federal appeals court in Chicago upheld the Highland Park law, ruling that local governments have leeway in deciding how to regulate firearms.

A Chicago community group is suing three suburbs, accusing them of not adequately monitoring gun stores they believe are the source of weapons that have filtered into the city.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger on Tuesday announced the lawsuits against Lincolnwood, Lyons and Riverdale. The activist priest says many of the guns recovered from Chicago crime scenes came from stores in those communities.

Lawyers for the Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming the suburbs' gun store regulations violate the Illinois Civil Rights Act.

Quinn Renews Call For Assault Weapons Ban

Jul 25, 2014
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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is bringing the debate over guns into his re-election campaign.

Quinn says the issue of military-style weapons represents a fundamental difference between his policies and and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner.

"My opponent thinks people should have assault weapons as they see fit. Do folks here agree with that? Do you agree with that?"

Quinn was speaking at a church on Chicago’s West Side to support a ban on high-capacity guns.

Rauner said people have a right to own so-called assault weapons at a primary debate back in February.

Majority Feel Less Safe Since Concealed Carry Law

Mar 11, 2014
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As Illinois gun owners increasingly are allowed to carry their firearms as they go about their daily lives -- a new poll shows half of Illinois voters feel less safe. Qualifying gun-owners began receiving their licenses to carry loaded firearms earlier this month.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says a U.S. Supreme Court decision should help settle an aspect of the debate over concealed carry in Illinois. One of the more contentious issues comes down to a choice between two words.                        

Those two words are "may" and "shall."

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Activists carried signs saying: "Loose guns = Lost Lives,"  "Love Thy Neighbor Not Thy Gun," and "Connecticut Protected Their Children! What Will Illinois Do?" A new, sweeping gun law was enacted earlier this month in Connecticut where Sandy Hook Elementary is located.

The first national gun control legislation since the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., is going to be debated on the floor of the Senate and appears headed for a vote sometime next week.

Supporters in the Senate on Thursday morning rounded up more than the 60 votes necessary to clear a procedural hurdle that could have held up consideration of the Democratic-crafted package. The vote was 68-31 in favor of blocking a bid by some Republicans to filibuster the legislation.

60-Day Wait For FOID Card

Mar 27, 2013
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Illinois officials say there is a two month wait for a Firearm Owner's Identification card. More than 70,000 FOID card applications have been received so far this month. That's on-track to be a program record.

Governor Pat Quinn says Illinois' only hope to retain its ban on concealed carry is for the attorney general to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.  But the attorney general says she's waiting to see what the General Assembly does. 

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