SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) __ Illinois residents under a restraining order or convicted of domestic battery will no longer be allowed to own firearms in legislation heading to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk.
The bill passed the Senate 55-1 on Tuesday. Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, has 60 days to sign or veto the legislation.
Currently, people convicted of domestic violence charges within five years of applying for a state gun permit are prohibited from owning firearms. The new bill would extend that “look back” period indefinitely.
Supporters say preventing people with restraining orders from owning guns will reduce killings out of anger or revenge.
The bill is HB3365.
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