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The issue of gun ownership has returned to the forefront after mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music festival in October and in a Texas church last month. Most of the concerns revolve around restrictions on gun purchases and who can own what type of weapon.

Things could get a little murky from a legal standpoint if you happen to inherit a gun from a loved one. In This week’s Friday Forum, we look at the case of a Rockford woman who found herself in such a situation.

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Some studies suggest that cruelty to animals is a precursor to other violent crime, specifically involving people. The most recent example: the Sutherland Springs, TX, shooter who claimed to buy animals online for “target practice” prior to killing 26 people in a church.


A new law that goes into effect in January is intended to prevent access to firearms for residents whose license to own a gun in the state has been revoked.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, says the law will help the state police let local law enforcement officials know when someone's Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card has been rescinded because there is an order of protection against them.

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The state of Illinois has taken another step toward regulating who may get a concealed-carry permit. The Department of Human Services has created an on-line database for mental health professionals to report people who pose a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others.

60-Day Wait For FOID Card

Mar 27, 2013
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Illinois officials say there is a two month wait for a Firearm Owner's Identification card. More than 70,000 FOID card applications have been received so far this month. That's on-track to be a program record.