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[August 25, 2008]
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R.
Blagojevich signed legislation on Friday that will increase
penalties for people who attempt to illegally purchase multiple
firearms in Illinois.
House Bill 5524 also provides that if a person is convicted of
such a charge, they shall not receive probation, a term of periodic
imprisonment or conditional discharge as a part of serving their
"I am pleased to sign this legislation to take illegal guns off the
streets and make our communities safer for our children,"
Blagojevich said. "The people who buy and sell multiple guns
illegally are contributing to the violence in Chicago and throughout
the state and should be held responsible for their actions."
legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Dennis M. Reboletti and state
Sen. John J. Millner, received strong support in the Illinois House
(90-1-17) and unanimous support in the Senate (58-0-0).
"This law will hold these individuals
accountable for illegal gun purchases and will hopefully help stem
the tide of gun violence that has taken the lives of far too many,"
"Individuals need to be held more accountable when their actions
with guns are reckless," said Millner. "While this is just one step
in the movement towards common-sense gun laws, it is a step worth
taking if it means one less person and their family will be
The new law serves as a strong deterrent to potential lawbreakers
by increasing punishment for those convicted of committing the crime
and is supported by the Illinois State Police, the city of Chicago,
Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Illinois Council Against
Handgun Violence and the National Rifle Association. This new law
takes effect Jan. 1, 2009.
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"We appreciate the efforts of the governor and the General
Assembly in passing this important legislation," said Illinois State
Police Director Larry G. Trent. "Increasing the penalties for the
unlawful purchase of a firearm is essential in reducing crime and
protecting our communities. Individuals who violate this statute
will now face longer prison terms. The more severe penalties will
act as a deterrent to those who contemplate committing such an act."
According to the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, in
2005 (the most recent year of data available), there were 1,019 gun
deaths in the state of Illinois. Of those deaths, 569 were
homicides, comprising 56 percent of the total for that year.
Nationwide in 2005, there were 30,694 gun deaths. Of those,
12,352, or 40 percent, were homicides.
[Text from file received from
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]