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Local Law Enforcement Says New Gun Law Will Help


The Rock Island County Sheriff's Department said Monday it expects a new Illinois gun law will both help deputies and make residents safer.


Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Sunday that requires Illinois gun owners to report the theft or loss of a weapon within 72 hours.


Rock Island County Sheriff Jeff Boyd said the law will encourage gun owners to be more responsible. Boyd said the new measure comes at a good time – as more guns are soon expected on the streets after the passage of conceal and carry.


The law also eliminates a loophole in background checks – requiring all sellers to perform the checks.


The requirement to report thefts goes into effect immediately. The background check part of the law goes into effect starting January 1, 2014.