Illinois governor signs two bills to tighten gun restrictions
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor Bruce Rauner signed laws Monday authorizing judges to take weapons away from people suffering mental health and other problems and to extend the waiting period for delivery of newly purchased guns.
Rauner pledged to veto a third piece of legislation that would require state licensing of firearms dealers.
The Republican called on the General Assembly to send him other measures to restrict gun violence, including a ban on fire-enhancing bump stocks.
Those measures were part of a much-publicized gun-legislation package Rauner promoted in May. But he failed to mention the hallmark of that package — an election-year call to reinstate the death penalty for mass killers and those who gun down police officers.
Rauner signed a law that allows police officers, family members, or others to petition a court to remove weapons from a person who is suffering from mental health or other problems and can be shown to pose a threat of violence. A judge could order removal of the weapons for as long as six months.
A judge can issue an emergency 14-day order to confiscate weapons based on an initial pleading akin to a search warrant, said Representative Peter Breen, a Republican who worked on the bill.
The petitioner then has 14 days to produce ‘‘clear and convincing’’ evidence that the person in question is potentially dangerous and should have weapons taken from him or her for up to six months.
The governor also acted Monday to standardize the waiting period for delivery of firearms , earlier signing a 72-hour waiting period for any gun. Previously a buyer had to wait 72 hours for a handgun but could pick up a rifle or shotgun after 24 hours.
Rauner also announced that he would veto legislation to create a state licensing requirement for firearms dealers in an effort to crack down on illegal gun sales. He said it would be too burdensome on small businesses while doing nothing to enhance safety.