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Friday, February 8, 2013

Cook County Passes Gun Ordinance

Cook County, Illinois enacted a new gun ordinance this week requiring gun owners to report to the county sheriff within 48 hours if they no longer have their firearm for any reason, including that it was lost, stolen, or sold.  The new ordinance does not apply in the City of Chicago or in any Cook County municipality that has a similar law in effect. Violations will result in penalties starting at $1,000 for a first offense, $1,500 for a second offense, and $2,000 for additional violations. The new requirements become effective in August.  Cook County Board President Preckwinkle argues the new rules will help cut down on so-called straw purchases in which people legally buy guns, then sell them to criminals.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink


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