On Jan. 1, a new law went into effect protecting partners of potentially violent individuals. Lawmakers have referred to the law as closing “the boyfriend loophole:” it expands an existing statute to prevent partners from buying and keeping guns if they have a domestic violence or stalking conviction, or are under a restraining order. Previously, the law only protected spouses.


Illinois implemented a new law that creates a system for taking a firearm away from an individual identified as a potential risk to themselves or others, known as the “Red Flag Bill.” A family member or police officer can initiate the process for people who exhibit warning signs.

Additionally, the state extended its waiting – or “cool off” – period for all firearm purchases to 72 hours.