Keith Wheeler

Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego)

The Illinois House gave its approval earlier this week to an update to the state's gun laws that are meant to help Illinois State Police deal with a backlog of FOID and concealed carry license renewals. The bill also requires Illinois State Police to be more vigilant in monitoring federal crime databases to locate people who have guns, but shouldn't.

Republican Oswego State Representative Keith Wheeler voted in favor of the bill. He spoke on the House Floor about the 2019 Henry Pratt mass shooting where a convicted felon, who should not have been able to legally own a gun, killed five coworkers and shot several responding police officers.

Wheeler says the bill can help prevent tragedy by keeping guns out the hands of those who legally shouldn't own them.

The bill now heads to Governor J.B. Pritzker's desk. It was supported by Dixon Republican Tom Demmer and Oswego Democrat Stephanie Kifowit. Sycamore Republican Jeff Keicher and Morris Republican David Welter voted against the bill.