Illinois Expands Background Checks

I’m not sure why this hasn’t received more attention today.

(Reuters) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a gun-control measure into law on Sunday that expands background checks to cover all firearms purchases in the state, closing what he said was a loophole that exempted gun sales between private parties.

The new law also requires all gun owners to report any lost or stolen firearms to local police within 72 hours. [...]

Under the new law, gun sales or transfers between private parties, including those that take place online, will have to follow the same system.

Given the amount of gun violence Chicago deals with on a yearly basis, this seems like a pretty big deal to me. Illinois has done what Congress would not — expand background checks to all purchases.

And the Right Wing should have nothing to complain about. It’s states’ rights, isn’t it?

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  • Mike Huben

    If you really want to give the right wing conniptions, point out that the NSA probably knows what guns they have bought.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    And the Right Wing should have nothing to complain about. It’s states’ rights, isn’t it?

    Give them time. I’m sure they’re thinking up some excuse reason to make it an exception.

  • http://www.facebook.com/felonious.grammar Felonious Grammar

    Good for them.