SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Daniel Biss of Evanston is pushing for a law that would revoke the registration of vehicles used in gun trafficking crimes.

“We hear a lot about efforts to get illegal firearms off the streets, but in order to really bring crime rates down and protect citizens, we need strong efforts to disrupt the flow of guns before they hit the street.” Biss said. “This bill will make it much harder for gun runners to continue to operate their illicit and dangerous trade.”

Senate Bill 2064, which allows the Secretary of State to revoke or suspend the registration of vehicles that are involved in cases of gun trafficking, is an initiative of the Interstate Gun Trafficking Task Force.  Gun trafficking is the unlawful transfer of three or more firearms.  Under Senate Bill 2064, a person’s vehicle registration would be revoked or suspended if the individual is convicted of a gunrunning crime. 

“We often make an arrest for this violation, but criminals are quickly able to find new drivers who can use the same vehicle to commit the same crime,” Biss said. “By making it more difficult for criminals to transport illegal firearms, we hope to reduce the number of weapons in circulation.”

Senate Bill 2064 passed out of a House committee last week with unanimous support and now awaits further action by the House before it can be sent to the governor to be signed into law.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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