Illinois State Police Propose Reforms in Checks on Firearm Owners

Mar 7, 2019

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois State Police officials have come up with several reforms designed to make it harder for people to keep guns after losing their right to own a firearm.

The changes revealed Wednesday deal with how firearm owner's identification cards are revoked, how guns are seized and how related records are kept and shared. It calls for greater enforcement of the revocation laws that have long been ignored.

The proposals are a reaction to the fatal shooting in Aurora last month of five people by Gary Martin.

As a convicted felon, Martin never should have been allowed to purchase the handgun used in the shooting.

Acting State Police Director Brendan Kelly says the federal government must do more to address the incomplete FBI databases used to perform background checks on prospective gun owners.