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Posted: 8/24/2001 7:52:45 PM EST
url]http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/862569F9005CA6AA86256AB1007695EB?OpenDocument&Headline=Firearms%20ID%20card%20crackdown%20aimed%20at­%20keeping%20guns%20from%20criminals[/url] Firearms ID card crackdown aimed at keeping guns from criminals By John O'Connor Associated Press Writer 08/23/2001 04:54 PM SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A new gun-control law takes aim at fraudulent firearm permits and felons who shouldn't have access to guns. But for gun-control proponents, that's the lone bright spot to emerge from the past legislative session. The law Gov. George Ryan signed last week requires that guns and Firearm Owners' Identification cards be turned in when people are convicted of felonies. It also makes FOID cards look more like driver's licenses and more tamper-resistant. The measure, pushed by Attorney General Jim Ryan, was prompted by the shooting at a Melrose Park Navistar plant in February. Former employee William D. Baker killed four people and himself with weapons he should have turned over to state police after an earlier conviction. Joe Tartaro, president of the pro-gun education group Second Amendment Foundation, said the law closes a gap in enforcement. ``When a person who has been issued a card in the past is arrested ... there has been no follow-up through the state police to check whether the arrestee had such a card,'' Tartaro said. The bill was the only significant gun-control proposal to survive the General Assembly, largely because it had the support of the National Rifle Association. Another new law makes it illegal to forge FOID cards. But more sweeping measures backed by Chicago Democrats Mayor Richard Daley and Senate Minority Leader Emil Jones failed to win passage. They would have done such things as more closely scrutinizing gun sales, limiting the number of guns a person could buy, forcing people to list their guns with the state and banning assault-type weapons. Rep. Tom Dart, chairman of a House judiciary committee and a candidate for state treasurer, said he might change his focus from the more far-reaching proposals and focus on strengthening existing laws.
Link Posted: 8/24/2001 8:01:10 PM EST
Thank goodness Daley and his cronies didnt get their way!! Sounds like you folks in Il really have to fight for your second amendment rights from your state. Best of luck, keep up the great work!!
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