Illinois Gov. Quinn signs law on stolen guns, background checks

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 18, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 1:04 PM

CHICAGO -- Illinois gun owners who fail to report the theft or loss of a weapon will face tougher restrictions under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The law beefs up background checks and requires firearm thefts or losses to be reported within 72 hours.

Quinn signed the bill Sunday at a South Side Chicago park where police officer was fatally shot in 2010. The Chicago Democrat says the restrictions are common sense and will help crack down on crime.

Democrats State Sen. Kwame Raoul and state Rep. Mike Zalewski sponsored the bill.  It’s also supported by Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy.

The requirement to report thefts goes into effect immediately. The background check changes start next year.

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