Gun Laws

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to try to curb gun violence in Chicago by punishing people convicted of firearm trafficking with long prison sentences.  

The bill the Republican governor signed Tuesday in Chicago will impose a sentence of up to 20 years for a first offense. A subsequent conviction for trafficking guns into Illinois from other states will be punishable by up to 30 years. 

An Illinois Republican says the Democratic sit-in in the U.S. House was a "publicity stunt."  Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says the nation doesn't need new gun laws, including a ban for anyone on the terror watch-list.  He says the FBI already has 72 hours to block someone who's on the list from buying a gun.

It's been about two months since Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner approved changes to the state's concealed carry law. It was the first amendment since the law's creation.

Dennis Leifheit is a northern Illinois concealed carry instructor. He says a big change approved by Rauner was no longer requiring a firearm owner to unload the gun if it will be left in a car. Leifheit says it was a safety issue.  

Illinois State Police say they’re expecting hundreds of thousands of people to apply for permits to carry concealed weapons in 2014. As Illinois Public Radio’s Alex Keefe reports, the state begins taking general applications this weekend.

New Laws Restrict Private Gun Sales in 2014

Dec 30, 2013

The concealed carry system isn't the only new gun law in Illinois for 2014. As Illinois Public Radio's Brian Mackey reports, there are new restrictions on how private citizens can sell firearms.

Peer-to-peer gun sales are going to get somewhat more cumbersome. As Illinois State Police Colonel Marc Maton explains, the seller has to check on the status of the buyer's Firearm Owners' Identification, or FOID card.