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Governor J.B. Pritzker on Monday signed a bill that expands Illinois' background checks to all gun purchases in 2024.

The bill also funds the Illinois State to enforce the surrender of firearms from people who have lost their license for gun ownership and creates a stolen gun database. It also attempts to streamline the FOID card system by allowing the Illinois State Police to create electric records, a combined FOID and concealed carry license, and allowing the applying for renewal six months in advance.

Police will now also be required to more closely monitor state and federal databases to ensure that people living in Illinois who had their license revoked in other states can't own a gun in Illinois.

There is also funding in the bill for community based mental health programs in the communities most impacted by gun violence. 

With the exception of universal background checks, the bill goes into effect on January 1, 2022.