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Protecting communities from gun violence

Strengthening laws against gun trafficking is the aim of a law signed Aug. 23 by the Governor to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and off our streets.

House Bill 6303 will help keep our kids and communities safe by allowing our law enforcement agencies to take action on those who are trafficking guns.

The new law enhances penalties for firearms trafficking and aims to reduce the growing gun violence epidemic. The new law makes it a felony for a person who has not been issued a FOID card to bring firearms into the state with the intention of selling or delivering them. Furthermore, if the individual trafficking in gun sales has previously been convicted of an unlawful use or delivery of a firearm, gunrunning or firearm trafficking, they will face even stiffer penalties. It is important to note that this bill does not take guns out of the hands of anyone that safely and legally has or carries a firearm. It exempts FOID card holders specifically for that reason.


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