Gov. Quinn signs law requiring owners to report lost, stolen guns
BY DAN MIHALOPOULOS Staff Reporter August 18, 2013 8:53PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and state Sen. Kwame Raoul chat after Quinn signed the gun-safety measure Sunday at Nat King Cole Park on the South Side this year. Raoul sponsored the bill. | Dan Mihalopoulos~Sun-Times
Updated: September 20, 2013 6:29AM
In a park close to where a police officer was killed three years ago, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Sunday that now requires the reporting of lost and stolen guns.
Quinn’s promise that the new law would reduce violence came at the end of a weekend when six people killed and at least 27 — including a 7-year-old boy — injured in shootings in Chicago.
Aides to Quinn said Illinois joined seven other states and the District of Columbia when it approved the measure sponsored by State Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside) and State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), who is considering a challenge to Quinn’s re-election next year.
The new law also will require private gun sellers to verify that buyers have valid Firearm Owner’s Identification cards. Under that provision, which takes effect next year, private sellers will have to contact the Illinois State Police to confirm whether buyers have valid FOID cards.
As Quinn signed the measure at Nat King Cole Park on the South Side, he noted the presence of the parents of Thomas Wortham IV, a Chicago police officer murdered in 2010 while off duty.
The most recent fatal shooting happened at 9:53 p.m. Sunday near 93rd and Elizabeth in the Washinton Heights neighborhood on the South Side. A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and was dead on the scene, police said. A 28-year-old man was shot in the arm and was taken in good condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.