FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, April 9, 2022
G-PAC APPLAUDS THE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO MAKE GHOST GUNS ILLEGAL IN ILLINOIS
Springfield, Ill. – Gun Violence Prevention PAC President and CEO Kathleen Sances issued the following statement in response to the passage of new legislation (HB 4383, SA 2) that will make ghost guns illegal in Illinois:
“Gun violence continues to pose a significant threat to people across Illinois, which is why I commend the efforts of the Illinois General Assembly today, as they took action to make ghost guns illegal. This legislation provides law enforcement with another tool to keep these dangerous weapons off our streets and makes our communities and neighborhoods safer.
“Ghost guns help dangerous individuals work around all of the significant gun control policies and regulations that we’ve fought so hard to put in place, which puts lives directly in the hands of violent actors. But now, thanks to all of the champions who stood up against the corporate gun lobby that puts profit over lives, we are one step closer to stopping gun violence in Illinois.
“I want to thank Representative Buckner, Speaker Welch, Senator Collins, and President Harmon for standing up and rejecting violence. Until our communities are safe for everyone — especially those that have been plagued by violence for decades due to severe disinvestment in critical programs and services that are proven to end violence — we will keep fighting to end gun violence, no matter what.”
The legislation now heads to the Governor’s desk. Illinois would become the twelfth state to enact a law to protect residents from ghost guns. The newly passed legislation protects Illinoisans by:
Immediately prohibiting the sale of unserialized gun parts that can be turned into guns.
- Existing unserialized gun parts must be serialized in 6 months.
- Existing unserialized guns must be serialized in 6 months.
Requiring serial numbers on guns manufactured with a 3D printer.
- Existing 3D-printed guns must be serialized in 1 month.
- Going forward, 3D-printed guns must be serialized during the manufacturing process.
Creating standards for serialization for existing unserialized firearms at federally licensed firearms dealers and other federal licensees authorized to imprint serial numbers.
- Unique serial numbers will be applied to firearms.
- Licensees must keep records outlining pertinent details of the serialized firearm.