House members approved a 72-hour waiting period that would apply to anyone purchasing any kind of gun in Illinois. It would change the current law requiring only 24 hours for all types of guns except handguns, which require a three-day waiting period.
Senate Bill 3256 will go to the Senate next.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement in response to the bill saying, “Stronger, smarter state laws that regulate gun dealers, crack down on straw purchasers and keep illegal guns off our streets are long overdue. I am grateful to Senator Harmon and Representative Willis for advancing this issue of importance to every Chicagoan and every resident of Illinois. The ball is in Governor Rauner’s court now. He can choose to make Illinois safer by signing this bipartisan bill into law or stand in the way of progress by vetoing it.”