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New Measure Tightens Restrictions On Gun Ownership

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A new law that goes into effect in January is intended to ensure that residents who have had their license to own a gun in the state revoked don't have access to firearms.

Representative Kelly Cassidy, a Democrat from Chicago, says the law will help the state police let local law enforcement officials know when someone has lost their FOID card because there is an order of protection against them.

“We just don't have the staff power at the state police level to go get the guns when they need to be gotten," Cassidy said. "So this creates a mechanism by which the state police can notify local law enforcement and the local law enforcement is now authorized to go and get the guns when someone becomes in ineligible.”

The National Rifle Association was neutral on the legislation, and it passed with broad bipartisan support.