Illinois Governor JB Pritzker signed a new bill that mandates background checks on all firearm transfers in the state and mandates that the police seize firearms from anyone with revoked firearms ID cards.
The measure signed by Pritzker, House Bill 562, was initially a proposal revamping license for home inspectors but was amended in the General Assembly by Democrats as an anti-gun proposal. The bill passed the state House 75-40 in its final form and the Senate 40-17, along rough party lines.
“The bill I sign today delivers to Illinoisans everywhere the most comprehensive reform to our state firearms laws in over a generation,” said Pritzker, a first-term Democrat that has long backed gun control efforts. “The state will now require universal background checks on all gun sales in Illinois.”
Under HB562, the expanded background check requirement will start in 2024. As noted by the NRA in opposition to the measure, private person-to-person sales would have to pay a licensed gun dealer up to $25 to keep a record of the transaction for up to 20 years, under threat of a potential felony charge.
Going past the expanded check requirements, the new law mandates the Illinois State Police remove guns from people with revoked Firearms Owner ID cards who have not surrendered their guns already. Speaking of FOID cards, the legislation also creates stronger identification factors for the cards, such as upping the frequency of background checks on cardholders and offering concealed carry license holders the option of tying the two cards together.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker ran on a gun control platform in 2018 and he ran with the support of anti-gun groups, it should come as no surprise that he is now pursuing a gun control agenda. One of the specific gun control points Pritzker ran on was the expansion of background checks, he has delivered on this promise to the applause of the gun grabbers.