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Gun law closes loophole to protect domestic violence victims

SPRINGFIELD — Local law enforcement will work to keep guns out of the hands of people who have orders of protection against them, thanks to a new Illinois law.

House Bill 6331, sponsored by state Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, will require the Illinois State Police to notify local police agencies to assist in seizing a Firearm Owners Identification Card when that person’s card has been revoked by a judge in an order of protection case.

“If law enforcement is going to successfully protect victims of domestic violence, all police agencies must have the information they need to enforce court orders,” Cunningham said. “As the law stands today, the state police must shoulder the entire burden on their own. That’s not fair to the state police or to the victims of domestic violence.”

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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