Quinn signs new gun safety law

By WEEK Reporter

August 18, 2013 Updated Aug 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- More than one month after Illinois became the last state to enact concealed carry, Governor Pat Quinn signed a new gun safety law on Sunday.

The legislation requires background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales or transfers.

Such transactions do not currently require the seller to verify if the buyer has a valid FOID card.

The law also requires all eligible gun owners to report lost, misplaced or stolen firearms to local police within 72 hours learning of such a circumstance. That part of the law takes effect immediately.

The new background checks go into effect January 1.

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