Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 6303 at the Illinois State Police crime lab in Chicago and was joined by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), the bill’s chief legislative sponsors.
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday signed HB 6303 to strengthen laws against gun trafficking in Illinois.
The bill enhances penalties for firearms trafficking and aims to reduce the growing gun violence epidemic.
“We must stand up and help our kids and our communities find safety from violence,” Rauner said. “Children are often in the crossfire. They’re vulnerable and impressionable. They deserve to see better things in the world. They deserve to feel safe in their own homes. They should not fear that guns will take the life of their friends, their family members, or even themselves. They should not live in fear or have their innocence shattered.”
The governor signed the bill at the Illinois State Police crime lab in Chicago and was joined by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), the bill’s chief legislative sponsors.
HB 6303 makes it a felony for a person who has not been issued a FOID card to bring firearms into the state with the intention of selling or delivering them. Furthermore, if the individual trafficking in gun sales has previously been convicted of an unlawful use or delivery of a firearm, gun-running or firearm trafficking, they will face even stiffer penalties. It is important to note that this bill does not take guns out of the hands of anyone who safely and legally has or carries a firearm. It exempts FOID card holders specifically for that reason.
“Gun violence takes innocent lives and disrupts peaceful communities,” ISP Director Leo Schmitz said. “The Firearms Trafficking Bill enhances penalties for those who choose to support gun violence while protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens. The Illinois State Police is working closely with local, county and federal law enforcement to keep Illinois communities safe. Together with the help of good citizens, we can keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. If you See Something, Say Something.”