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"Waffle House" gun bill passes Illinois Senate

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A new gun bill introduced in the wake of the Nashville Waffle House shooting has passed the Illinois Senate. 

The so-called "Waffle House" bill, SB 2387, would require that anyone receiving a firearm through a disposition record is informed about current law on the unlawful transfer of a firearm and the penalties for doing so; will keep the firearm until it is determined the original owner is capable of possessing the firearm again or an new owner can be found, and that the Illinois State Police and local state's attorney would be informed about any address or name change while the person possesses the firearm.

Currently, only the Illinois State Police are notified. The penalty for breaking the law would be a class 4 felony, punishable by up to one year in prison. There is currently no penalty on the books.

The bill comes after Jeffrey Reinking allegedly gave his son, Travis, his firearms back after his FOID card was revoked. One of the firearms, an AR-15, was later allegedly used in a mass shooting at the Tennessee restaurant which resulted in the deaths of four people. One of the relatives of the victims is now suing Jeffrey Reinking for negligent entrustment of the guns. 

The person would be relieved of the duties only if the firearm is legally destroyed or transferred. The law would also require a sworn affidavit to be filed with both the ISP and local state's attorney.

“This tragic situation suggests we need to be more specific about what our laws mean and how they should be enforced,” state Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield), the sponsor of the bill said. “It is of paramount importance that firearms do not end up back in the hands of individuals who have been deemed unfit to possess them.”

The bill now goes to the House for consideration. 

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