That's the gist of a new law sponsored by Senator Kwame Raoul and signed into law by Governor Quinn over the weekend.
While that "lost gun" provision in HB 1189 is drawing the most attention in mainstream media, the bulk of the new law focuses on preventing individual gun owners from privately transferring guns to unapproved persons. As of January 1, if private owners want to transfer firearms, they will be required to contact the State Police to make sure the person to whom the firearm is being transferred has a valid FOID card.
Chicago Tribune writes: Quinn said the legislation closes a loophole in the state's gun laws, which previously required gun show merchants and licensed firearms dealers — but not private sellers — to check that the customer had a valid firearm owner's identification card. Under the new law, private sellers must contact state police, who will then search records and determine the prospective buyer's eligibility.
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez pushed the legislation in order to help police and prosecutors target the illegal flow of handguns that are stolen and end up in the hands of criminals on the street.
“Now more than ever we need all of the help that we can get to target those arming the criminals who are perpetuating this cycle of gun violence,” Alvarez said. "This lost or stolen requirement will help police identify suspicious patterns of behavior by persons who fail to file reports yet continually claim their guns were lost or stolen after they are recovered at a crime scene."
Senator Raoul's bill was not completely embraced by the Illinois General Assembly. HB 1189 passed the Illinois House without opposition, then was dramatically amended by Senator Raoul in the Senate. The Senate voted on the last day of session to pass HB 1189 with 41 supporting and 15 staunch 2nd Amendment supporters from both sides of the aisle opposing:
Later, on the last day of session, Senator Raoul's bill passed the Illinois House as one of the 2013 session's last actions. As in the Senate, 2nd Amendment supporters voted no from both sides of the aisle, but HB 1189 passed overwhelmingly, 70 to 48.