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A measure that would have stripped local governments from regulating how gun owners store their weapons has failed in the Illinois House.

State law requires gun owners to keep their firearms either locked up, or stripped down and fashioned with a device so that the gun is inoperable. The law’s intent is to protect children from gun related accidents. But local governments can pass ordinances that fine tune the gun storage regulation and apply it to their residents.

State Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville) sponsored the bill that would have created a blanket gun storage law, preventing local governments from having individual laws.

“It’s just another case of where we’re trying to make the laws concerning guns and gun storage and the ownership of guns consistent across the state, so we don’t have a patchwork of laws statewide where individuals don’t know, going from one municipality to another, what the laws are that govern them,” said Rosenthal.

Source: Brian Seay for CBS St. Louis.

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