It looks like Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is still bitter about concealed carry laws being passed in his state. Now he has signed more strict gun control measures into Illinois that require universal background checks for all firearm sales (including private party sales).
Included in this measure is a new law that requires Illinois residents to report a stolen or lost gun to the police within 72 hours. So if you are on vacation when your firearm is stolen you could be guilty of breaking the law yourself when you get back home. Looks like yet another attempt to turn law abiding gun owners into criminals, since Illinois has a hard time actually catching the criminals.
But really the stolen gun law is in place to keep gun owners from getting beyond the universal background checks when they can claim a gun was stolen. Now if the theft of a firearm is not reported it will turn a gun owner into a criminal. And this law goes into effect immediately.
The requirement for background checks for every gun sale will go into effect in January of 2014, and by then a system should be in place for citizens to perform these background checks online. But we still don’t know what information these checks will require or how long they will take. What we do know is that this is another step towards gun registration, and after seeing a recent massive gun seizure in NYC, it’s not hard to imagine that Gov. Quinn will soon be targeting these gun owners too.
The concealed carry laws that were just passed in Illinois are still stricter than most any other state in the US and they require a lot more cost and time.
With anti-gun Chicago leading the way, Illinois is yet again pursuing measures that do nothing to stop criminals with guns and does everything to limit the law abiding citizens. But we all know that the plan is not really to stop crime, but to control through disarmament. Until this is accomplished there will always be more gun control laws coming down the pike.