BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – State Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Buffalo Grove, recently introduced a new measure to increase the waiting period to buy a long gun, as part of a package of gun reform proposals that were addressed Wednesday in the Illinois House of Representatives.
“In the state of Illinois, when you buy a handgun, there is a 72 hour waiting period. It makes sense that the same should be true for assault rifles,” said Carroll. “Real action has to be taken to address the gun violence epidemic that is gripping our state and country, and this measure is a commonsense step in the right direction.”
Carroll’s measure, House Bill 1468, increases the waiting period to buy a long gun, such as a rifle, shotgun, or assault weapon, from 24 hours to 72, and also holds non-Illinois residents that purchase long guns at gun-shows to the same standard. The measure passed out of the House Judiciary Criminal Committee on Tuesday, and was voted upon on the House floor on Wednesday. The bill passed, and will now progress to the Senate.
“I will continue to be an outspoken advocate for the need of reform. As lawmakers, we must take action to prevent further gun violence and senseless tragedies,” continued Carroll. “It is encouraging to see Illinois taking the initiative to address some sensible gun-law reform, and I hope to see our state continue in this direction.”