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Governor Quinn Signs Gun Registration Bill

Governor Quinn Signs Gun Registration Bill

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Governor Pat Quinn sign Gun Registration bill into law
Governor Pat Quinn sign Gun Registration bill into law

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Published by: Worlee Glover on Aug 19, 2013
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OFFICEOFTHEGOVERNOR PATQUINN
ForImmediateReleaseSunday,August18,2013 ContactPressLine:(312)814-3158 BrookeAndersonBrooke.Anderson@illinois.qov GrantKlinzmanGrantKlinzman@illinois.qov
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GovernorQuinnSignsMajorLegislationtoMake CommunitiesSaferandKeepGunsOfftheStreets
Governor's
2013
LegislativePriorityClosesBackgroundCheckLoopholeandRequiresReporting
of
AllLostandStolenGuns
CHICAGO-GovernorPatQuinntodaysignedanewgunsafetylawthatrequiresbackgroundchecks .forallgunpurchasesstatewideaswellasthereportingofalllostandstolengunsforthefirsttimeinIllinois history.ThismajorlegislationwasakeypriorityinGovernorQuinn's2013StateoftheStateaddressandispartoftheGovernor'sagendatoimprovepublicsafetyacrossIllinois.TheGovernorsignedthenewlawatNatKingColePark,nearbywhereoff-dutyChicagoPoliceOfficer ThomasWorthamIVlosthislifeinMayof2010.OfficerWortham,aveteranwhohadservedtwotoursofduty inIraqwiththeWisconsinArmyNationalGuard,wasshotandkilledwithanillegallytraffickedfirearminan apparentrobberyattempt. "Gunsareaplagueontoomanyofourcommunities,"GovernorQuinnsaid."AsIsaidinmyStateof theStateaddressearlierthisyear,makingsuregunsdonotfallintothewronghandsiscriticaltokeepingthe peopleofIllinoissafe.Thiscommon-senselawwillhelpourlawenforcementcrackdownoncrimeandmakeourstreetssafer.""IthankRepresentativeZalewskiandSenatorRaoulfortheirhardworktoputthisbillonmydesk,andI commendCookCountyBoardPresidentToniPreckwinkleandCookCountyState'sAttorneyAnitaAlvarezfor theirleadershipontheissue,"theGovernoradded. SponsoredbyStateRepresentativeMikeZalewski(O-Riverside)andStateSenatorKwameRaoul(0- Chicago),HouseBill1189closesthebackgroundcheckloopholeforthesaleortransferofafirearmfroma privatepartyandrequiresalleligiblefirearmownerswhosefirear-msarelost,misplacedorstolentoreportthe lossorthefttothelocallawenforcementagencywithin72hoursafterobtainingknowledgeofthelossortheft. "Guntraffickingisthesinglegreatestthreattoourpublicsafety,"SenatorRaoulsaid."I'mproudtohave broughttogetherlawmakerswithverydifferentperspectivesongunstopassalawthatfinallymovesIllinois towarduniversalbackgroundchecksandgiveslawenforcementafightingchanceagainstthefloodofdeadly weaponsenteringourneighborhoodsillegally." ThelegislationwasstronglyadvocatedbyCookCountyBoardPresidentToniPreckwinkleandCook CountyState'sAttorneyAnitaAlvarez,whopushedthelegislationinordertohelppoliceandprosecutors targettheillegalflowofhandgunsthatarestolenandendupinthehandsofcriminalsonthestreet. -MORE-

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