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2019 Illinois Gun Bills

2019 is the start of the 101st Illinois General Assembly and is shaping up to be the year of the gun in Illinois. The year started with a frenzy to file as many gun bills as possible, with the newly elected governor making substantial promises to ban various types of guns and further restrict gun rights. This page is a new addition to GunRights4Illinois which will allow viewers to more easily follow the happenings in their state legislature.

 

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This page will pair well with 2019 Illinois Gun Votes, which shall keep a tally of the bills which actually made it to the house or senate floor for vote. It is important to keep a watchful eye on their voting record, as their past is often a prediction of their future.

How to use this page? First, listings shall be separated by Acts, Bills and Resolutions. Bills and Resolutions shall be further separated by the house and the senate. Listings shall appear in reverse chronological order. That is, SB01 shall appear below SB02.

If we missed an item, please use the contact form to let us know! It will be reviewed and added to the list if necessary. Please be sure to either have the name of the bill or resolution or the number of the bill or resolution.  Thank you for your assistance.

 

2019 New Illinois Gun Acts

An act is a bill which has passed both houses and been signed into law.  Below are the new acts signed into law in Illinois in 2019. Only those items listed under Acts are considered law. A bill is not law until it has become an Act.

100-1178 Gun Dealer Licensing-Various

Creates the Gun Dealer Licensing Act. Provides that it is unlawful for a person to engage in the business of selling, leasing, or otherwise transferring firearms without a license issued by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Provides that a dealership agent other than a dealer licensee-in-charge may act on behalf of the licensed dealership without being licensed as a dealer under the Act. Creates the Gun Dealer Licensing Board consisting of 5 members appointed by the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation to recommend policies, procedures, and rules relevant to the administration and enforcement of the Act. Provides that the holder of a dealership license issued under the Act may employ in the conduct of his or her business dealership agents. Establishes qualifications for obtaining dealership licenses and for being employed as a dealership agent. Establishes penalties for violations of the Act. Provides for rulemaking, including emergency rulemaking. Amends the Regulatory Sunset Act. Provides that the Act is repealed on January 1, 2028. Amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Makes conforming changes.

 

2019 New Illinois Gun Bills

A bill is a proposal put forth by a legislator, which if passed shall become an act. Bills are separated by the house and senate.

2019 Illinois House Gun Bills

HB0899 FIREARM OWNERS ID-REVOKE

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall revoke for one year the Firearm Owner’s Identification Card of a card holder who reports to the local law enforcement agency his or her firearms lost or stolen in 3 separate incidents within a 2-year period. Provides that any law enforcement agency that has knowledge that a card holder has reported his or her firearms lost or stolen in 3 separate incidents within a 2-year period shall forthwith forward that information to the Department of State Police. Provides that an “incident” means an occasion in which the card holder’s firearm or firearms have been lost or stolen regardless of the number of firearms stolen in the incident and the report of the loss or theft of the firearm or firearms on one occasion shall be considered one incident. Provides that if a law enforcement agency recovers a firearm that had been lost or stolen and has not been previously reported as lost or stolen, the recovery of the firearm shall be considered an incident for the purpose of this provision. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that the sentence for attempt to acquire a firearm by use of a revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification Card is a Class 4 felony.

 

HB0892 CRIM CD-UUW-FIREARM DETECTION

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that a person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly sells, manufactures, purchases, possesses, or carries a firearm with: (1) a major component of which, if subjected to inspection by common metal detection devices, would not be detectable; or (2) a major component of which, if subjected to inspection by common imaging detection devices, would not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component. Provides that this offense is a Class 2 felony. Creates exemptions. Effective immediately.

 

HB0888 FOID-SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Department of State Police shall conduct a search of the purchasers’ social media accounts available to the public to determine if there is any information that would disqualify the person from obtaining or require revocation of a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card. Provides that each applicant for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card shall furnish to the Department of State Police a list of every social media account.

 

HB0887 FOID-DENIAL & REVOC-STALKING

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Department of State Police has authority to deny an application for or to revoke and seize a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card previously issued under the Act if the Department finds that the applicant or the person to whom the card was issued is or was at the time of issuance a person who has been convicted within the past 5 years of stalking or a substantially similar offense in another jurisdiction, in which a firearm was used or possessed. Makes conforming changes.

 

HB0885 FIREARMS-NONRESIDENT MILITARY

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that notwithstanding whether the laws of the state or territory where the non-resident resides related to firearm ownership, possession, and carrying are substantially similar to the requirements to obtain a license under the Act, the Department of State Police shall allow for a non-resident license application if the applicant is employed by the United States Military permanently assigned in Illinois on Permanent Change of Station or Permanent Change of Assignment orders and who is not a resident of the State but maintains an address in the State. Provides that a non-resident applicant who qualifies must meet all of the qualifications of the Act and shall submit: (1) the application and documentation required and the applicable fee; (2) a photocopy of proof of service document; (3) a photocopy of Permanent Change of Station or Permanent Change of Assignment orders to an assignment in this State; and (4) an affirmation that the applicant possesses a currently valid Firearm Owner’s Identification Card with the Firearm Owner’s Identification Card number or notice that the applicant is applying for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card in conjunction with the license application. Establishes fees for a qualified applicant. Makes other changes.

 

HB0274 CONCEAL CARRY-BUSINESS LICENSE

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that a municipality, including a home rule unit, may not revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew a business license or otherwise interfere with a business license issued by the municipality to a business owner, including the holder of a retail liquor license issued under the Liquor Control Act of 1934, because the business owner lawfully permits a concealed carry licensee to carry firearms into his or her business establishment. Effective immediately.

 

HB0248 FIREARMS-JUDICIAL OFFICERS

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Permits certain judicial officers, some with written consent required, to carry a concealed firearm to any building, parking area, or portion of a building under the control of an officer of the executive or legislative branch of government, any building designated for matters before a circuit court, appellate court, or the Supreme Court, or any building or portion of a building under the control of the Supreme Court and any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government.

 

HB0240 HUNTING-CARRYING HANDGUNS

Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that a person with a valid concealed carry license issued under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act, or an off-duty law enforcement official or officer, may carry a handgun on or about his or her person while hunting. Effective immediately.

 

HB0174 LOST&STOLEN FIREARMS-PENALTY

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Provides that the provision of the Code that makes it an offense for a person who possesses or acquires a firearm and thereafter loses the firearm, or if the firearm is stolen from the person, to fail to report the loss or theft to the local law enforcement agency within 72 hours after obtaining knowledge of the loss or theft is a Class 4 felony for a third offense (rather than a Class A misdemeanor) and a Class 3 felony for a fourth or subsequent offense. Effective immediately.

 

HB2043 GENERAL ASSEMBLY-FIREARM BILL

Amends the General Assembly Operations Act. Provides that any member of the General Assembly who wishes to introduce a bill pertaining to a firearm must be able to produce proof, upon request, that he or she has completed: (1) the firearm training requirements under the Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004; (2) range safety officer training; and (3) a basic knowledge test of calibers and gauges of firearms.

 

HB2048 FIREARMS-NON RESIDENT MILITARY

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that notwithstanding whether the laws of the state or territory where the non-resident resides related to firearm ownership, possession, and carrying are substantially similar to the requirements to obtain a license under the Act, the Department of State Police shall, no later than 120 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, allow for a non-resident license application if the applicant is an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is stationed in the State and lives in the State. Provides that a non-resident active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is stationed in the State and lives in the State shall apply to the Department and must meet all of the qualifications under the Act and shall submit: (1) the application and documentation required and the applicable fee; (2) a photocopy of a valid military identification card or Official Proof of Service Letter; and (3) a photocopy of permanent change-of-station orders to an assignment in the State. Provides for emergency rulemaking to implement the amendatory Act. Establishes fees. Amends the Wildlife Code. Provides that persons licensed to possess a concealed firearm under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act and current or retired police officers authorized by law to possess a concealed firearm shall be exempt from the Code that prohibits possession of those firearms. Makes conforming changes to the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act. Effective immediately.

 

HB2052 FIREARM OWNERS ID-18 YEARS

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Lowers the age in which a person may apply for a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card without parental or legal guardian consent from 21 years of age to 18 years of age. Provides that an applicant who is 18 (rather than 21) years of age or older seeking a religious exemption to the photograph requirement must furnish with the application an approved copy of United States Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service Form 4029.

HB2057 FIREARM OWNERS ID-LOCAL REG

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that a unit of local government, including a home rule unit, may not impose a tax, fee, or other assessment other than the normal sales tax rate for goods on a firearm, firearm attachment, or firearm ammunition. Provides that the provisions of any ordinance or resolution, in effect or adopted, on or after the effective date of the amendatory Act by any unit of local government, including a home rule unit, that imposes a tax, fee, or other assessment other than the normal sales tax rate for goods on a firearm, firearm attachment, or firearm ammunition are invalid and void. Effective immediately.

HB2059 CONCEALED CARRY-WAIVR MARKSMAN

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that notwithstanding any other provision of the Act, the fee for a new license or non-resident license shall be waived if the applicant is an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has been awarded a marksmanship badge.

 

HB2124 OPEN MEETINGS ACT-EXCEPTIONS (Also included the Concealed Carry Review Board)

Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that a public body may hold a closed meeting to consider the appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance, or dismissal of specific employees, specific independent contractors, or specific volunteers (currently, only specific employees) of the public body or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing testimony on a complaint lodged against an employee, independent contractor, or volunteer of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity. Effective immediately.

 

HB2224 FIREARM CERTIFY-APPLICATION

Amends the Firearm Dealer License Certification Act. Provides that notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, the Act shall only apply to a person or entity that is in the business of selling, leasing, or otherwise transferring firearms in Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, McHenry County, or Will County.

 

HB2235 SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

Amends the Illinois Police Training Act to provide that the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board may offer a school resource officer course to a qualified retired law enforcement officer. Provides that nothing in the school resource officer course provision prohibits a school resource officer or qualified retired law enforcement officer from carrying a firearm. Amends the School Code. Provides that beginning January 1, 2021, a school or school district may employ a qualified retired law enforcement officer who obtains a certificate of completion or approved waiver under the Illinois Police Training Act to carry out the duties of a school resource officer. Makes a conforming change. Effective immediately.

HB2253 UNTRACEABLE FIREARMS

Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that no person may acquire or possess an unfinished frame or receiver, unless otherwise exempted under the Act, without having in his or her possession a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card previously issued in his or her name by the Department of State Police. Creates a new Article in the Criminal Code of 2012 for offenses regarding undetectable and untraceable firearms. Provides that a person commits unlawful manufacture of an undetectable firearm if he or she knowingly manufactures, assembles, sells, offers to sell, or transfers an undetectable firearm. Unlawful manufacture of an undetectable firearm is a Class 2 felony. Provides that a person commits unlawful possession of an undetectable firearm if he or she knowingly possesses an undetectable firearm. Unlawful possession of an undetectable firearm is a Class 2 felony. Provides that a person also commits unlawful possession of an undetectable firearm if he or she knowingly possesses an undetectable firearm in a public building or possess an undetectable firearm with the intent to bring the undetectable firearm into or onto a public building. This offense is a Class 2 felony. Defines terms. Makes other changes.

HB2254 SAFE GUN STORAGE

Creates the Safe Gun Storage Act. Provides that a firearm owner shall not store or keep any firearm in any premises unless the firearm is secured in a locked container, properly engaged so as to render the firearm inaccessible or unusable to any person other than the owner or other lawfully authorized user. Provides that if the firearm is carried by or under the control of the owner or other lawfully authorized user, then the firearm is deemed lawfully stored or kept. Provides that a violation is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $500. Provides that a violation is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000 if any person knows or reasonably should know that a minor, an at-risk person, or a prohibited person is likely to gain access to a firearm belonging to or under the control of that person and a minor, an at-risk person, or a prohibited person obtains the firearm. Provides that a violation is subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 if a minor, an at-risk person, or a prohibited person obtains a firearm and uses it to injure or cause the death of a person or uses the firearm in connection with a crime. Provides that any money received from the collection of a civil penalty shall be deposited in the Mental Health Fund. Makes corresponding changes in the Criminal Code of 2012.

 

2019 Illinois Senate Gun Bills

SB0107 CRIM CD-ASSAULT WEAPON BAN

Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Makes it unlawful for any person to knowingly possess an assault weapon 300 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act, except possession of weapons registered with the Department of State Police in the time provided. Provides exemptions and penalties. Effective immediately.

 

SB1145 GUNS-MENTAL HEALTH-REPORTING

Amends the Department of Public Health Act and the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act. Provides that the Department of Public Health may impose fines or sanctions upon a facility that fails to comply with reporting requirements related to determining whether a person is disqualified from gun ownership under specified statutes. Provides that the Department shall adopt rules to implement the provisions.

SB1228 CONCEALED CARRY-REST AREA

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Provides that nothing in the Act prohibits a licensee from carrying a firearm into an Interstate highway rest area.

 

SB1242 FIREARMS-POLLING PLACE

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Prohibits a licensee under the Act from knowingly carrying a firearm on or into any building, real property, or parking area of a polling place holding an election authorized under the Election Code.

SB1245 OPEN MEETINGS-EXCEPTIONS (Also included the Concealed Carry Review Board)

Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that a public body may hold closed meetings to consider, among other subjects, deliberations or portions of deliberations for decisions of the Illinois Gaming Board in which specified information is discussed.

 

SB1282 CONCEAL CARRY-PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Amends the Firearm Concealed Carry Act. Eliminates provision that a licensee under the Act shall not knowingly carry a firearm on any bus, train, or form of transportation paid for in whole or in part with public funds, and any building, real property, and parking area under the control of a public transportation facility paid for in whole or in part with public funds. Effective immediately.

 

2019 New Illinois Gun Resolutions

Resolutions are similar to bills but are non binding “feel good” type of measures or a means of official recognition of an opinion by our legislators.

 

2019 Illinois House Gun Resolutions

 

2019 Illinois Senate Gun Resolutions

 

 

 

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Thomas Kral

Thomas Kral is an avid gun rights advocate being involved in the movement in Illinois since 2012 and became one of the very first Concealed Carry instructors to be certified by the Illinois State Police in 2013.

Thomas is also a proud father and husband, having said, "The only things more important than 2nd Amendment issues and gun rights are my wife and kids."

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