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Illinois Passes New Gun Waiting Period Bill

May 31, 2018 - 9:38 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois House lawmakers have approved a 72 hour waiting period to purchase any gun.

Currently law requires only a three-day wait for handguns. State Representative Jonathan Carroll says the idea is to prevent someone from rushing out to get a gun with the intent to harm someone.

“I think waiting a couple of extra days for a gun is not the end of the world, I don’t know why someone would need it right away, so adding a couple days offers that ‘cooling off’ period so people can make better decisions,” he says.

State Representative Allen Skillicorn opposes the measure.

“This is just a repeated irritation and aggravation of legal gun owners,” he says.

The bill now moves to the Senate - the last day of the regular spring session is Thursday.