Soto Passes Bill to Tighten Restrictions on Firearms

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - BusinessRecently, State Representative Cynthia Soto passed a bill out of the Illinois General Assembly to tighten background checks for firearms purchases and adds protections for lawful gun owners.

“The safety and wellbeing of our residents is a priority for me and I am taking action by passing this bill to make sure that gun purchases are held to the highest standards of safety and precaution,” said Soto.

Illinois’ system of Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) cards is managed by the Illinois State Police (ISP) and has come under criticism for not obtaining the necessary information to accurately deny FOID cards to persons who are federally disqualified based on past convictions. Soto worked with the ISP, the Illinois Auditor Federal and the U.S. Department of Justice to craft Senate Bill 1034 to make all the changes necessary to keep the system operating efficiently and in open communication so that guns are kept out of the hands of criminals.

Senate Bill 1034 passed the Illinois House of Representatives on May 30 and the Senate on May 31. It will now await consideration by the governor. For more information, please contact Rep. Soto’s district office at 773-252-0402.

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