Illinois felons with repeat gun offenses could see a longer prison sentence
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WRSP) —
Illinois introduced several major laws from health to safety.
One new law involves felons and keeping them behind bars longer if they have a repeat offense related to guns.
But that's not it, other laws that might be coming our way are stirring up controversy.
Guns are a rising topic this year. The organizer of 'Illinois' largest hunting and trade show' said crimes are hitting the state hard.
"How could you feel good about it,” said Bob Leckrone. “I feel terrible about it."
In 2017, Chicago had more homicides than L.A. and N.Y.C. combined.
Now, in 20-18, a new state law is here which states, if a felon has a repeat offense related to guns, they can receive a longer sentence. Instead of a minimum of 3 years, it's a minimum of 7.
"I think anytime a felon has got a gun and it's used in committing a crime that needs to be tacked onto whatever he gets,” said Leckrone.
One patron at Saturday's gun show in Springfield said people owning a gun in the states is inevitable.
"Make those punishments stronger for those who use guns illegally,” said Mark Thomas. “I think that's a good thing."
Another bill just passed the House, 'The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act 2017'.
It would allow gun-owners to take their firearms into other states and it's getting a mixed reaction.
"Some states it is probably too easy to get a gun,” said Thomas.
"Each state should have a record,” said one resident Phillip Heppe. “Of who are coming into the state and more importantly who are bringing drugs into their state."
Heppe said there could be other answers to the violence.
"There's been a lot of debate about guns,” said Heppe. “People are always going to have guns, trying to find a solution to a mental health solution that's going to solve more people's problems."
Where the problem originates can differ, but many can agree that keeping guns out of the hands of felons should be a nationwide goal.
"I think it hurts everybody when these crimes are committed,” said Leckrone.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act 2017 was read twice in the Senate and referred to the 'Judiciary Committee' for review.
Other 2018 laws include state health insurance and Medicaid covering abortions.
A $75 million tax credit to people and companies donating to private school scholarships.
And the commemoration of former President Barrack Obama’s birthday on August 4th.
There are other laws.