Individuals who sell, lose, destroy, transfer or have their firearm stolen in the Cook County, are now required to report it to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office within 48 hours.
If they don’t, individuals will face up to $1,000 fine for the first violation. The fine will be $1,500 for the second offense and $2,000 for each subsequent violation.
“This ordinance is an important step to ensure that guns purchased legally do not wind up in the hands of criminals,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle 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.”