On Monday a new bill was passed by the Illinois legislature requiring background checks on all firearms purchases by the year 2024, meaning even purchasing a lowly .22 caliber rifle will now require the onerous procedure.
As Fox News reports:
On Monday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law landmark legislation expanding background checks on all gun sales in the state while also providing mental health funding for communities impacted by gun violence.
It builds upon the multimillion-dollar investment in violence prevention programs which were included in this year’s state budget, according to Pritzker.
“Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have come together to shape a law steeped in a commonsense commitment to safety,” said Pritzker.
In a Monday Twitter post, Pritzker, a first-term Democrat seeking reelection, called it “the most comprehensive reform to our state firearms laws in over a generation.”
The plan is part of a modernization effort of the Firearm Owners Identification card system, a draconian and totalitarian system by which owners of firearms can be tracked and monitored by the government and law enforcement.