Two new IL gun laws take effect January 1st

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ROCKFORD (WREX)- Two new gun laws will take effect in Illinois starting on January 1.

One allows family members, or police, to petition a judge to take firearms away from someone they believe is a danger to themselves or others.

Lawmakers who voted for the bill say it gives family members a way to protect themselves, and others, if they see warning signs of danger.

Opponents stress that the new law could infringe on second amendment rights with little evidence.

The other law extends the waiting period to buy firearms to 72-hours for all firearms. Previously, only handguns had a 72-hour waiting period. Now, all long guns are included.

Both new laws start on January 1.

James Stratton

James Stratton

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