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Reick celebrates new gun law as 'national model'

Woodstock Republican says House Bill 2354 will protect gun owner rights

State Rep. Steve Reick, R-Woodstock.
State Rep. Steve Reick, R-Woodstock.

State Rep. Steve Reick is applauding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signing of a new law the Woodstock representative sponsored that allows courts to take weapons away from people who pose a threat of violence to themselves or others.

“I believe this negotiated bill is the best of its kind in the nation,” Reick said in a statement. “It is already being viewed as a national model.”

Rauner on Monday signed into law House Bill 2354 – legislation allowing police or family members to prove in court that a person with guns is suffering from mental health or other problems and threatening harm. Weapons could be surrendered for up to six months.

“The legislation signed into law today addresses the growing problem of unstable people using guns to cause harm, while also protecting gun owners’ rights,” Reick said.

State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, said her bill answers incidents such as the Parkland, Florida, shooting in February, after which people declared warning signs were not heeded.

Reick characterized an earlier restraining order bill forwarded by the Senate as “an extreme overreach into the civil liberties and constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

HB 2354 allows family members or law enforcement to ask the court for an emergency firearms restraining order. Probable cause is needed as proof a gun owner poses an immediate and present danger of causing injury to themselves or others by owning or having access to firearms.

The law requires a warrant to seize firearms from that person.

Rauner also signed a law Monday extending a 72-hour waiting period for all guns, not just handguns. He said plans to veto a gun-dealer licensing bill that he said is burdened by red tape.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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