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New Illinois gun law requires owners to report missing firearms

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In this Aug. 14, 2013 photo, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters during Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Candidates for Illinois governor in 2014 for the first time will have to choose their running mates. The change is directly related to 2010, when the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor stepped down amid questions about his personal and professional life. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Gun owners in Illinois will be required to report missing firearms under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Quinn said the law will make it easier to recover stolen weapons and help ensure that only responsible people buy firearms. The legislation includes a mandatory background check by gun owners of potential buyers of firearms.

The measure passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

"It's going to help our law enforcement," said Quinn, a Democrat. "It's going to help all of us be safe."

Quinn signed the legislation last Sunday at a South Side Park near when an off-duty Chicago police officer was killed with an illegal firearm in 2010, the paper reported.

Beginning immediately, gun owners whose weapons are lost or stolen will have 72 hours to notify police. And, according to the Tribune, beginning Jan. 1 individual gun owners will have to contact the state police before selling a firearm or prior to a transfer of ownership to ensure that the buyer is permitted to own a gun.

Click for the story from the Chicago Tribune.