The Cook County Board  today adopted an ordinance requiring gun owners to report the sale, loss, theft, destruction or transfer of their weapons.

Once the ordinance goes into effect in August, individuals who sell, lose, destroy, transfer or have their firearm stolen in the county will be required to report it to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office within 48 hours.

Firearm owners will be required to report the make, model and serial number of the firearm, along with the date and location of purchase.

Individuals who fail to comply will be subject to a $1,000 fine for the first violation. The fine will be $1,500 for each gun on the second offense and $2,000 for each subsequent violation.

Cook County’s ordinance complements legislation proposed by the City of Chicago.

County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says the county and city are working together to increase coordination, step up enforcement and reduce the flow of guns in the community.

“This ordinance is an important step to ensure that guns purchased legally do not wind up in the hands of criminals,” Preckwinkle said in a news release.  “We are giving law enforcement the additional tools they need to reduce the number of guns purchased legally that are used in shootings. This is part of a comprehensive effort to stop the violence plaguing our neighborhoods.”

“Practically speaking, the ordinance deters straw purchasers, protects rightful owners of firearms from being implicated in crimes, and prevents these deadly weapons from getting into the wrong hands,” said Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-7th), who co-sponsored the ordinance.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Leave a comment

The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *