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A ordinance requiring Peoria, Illinois residents to submit a thumbprint before buying a handgun has been repealed after the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) threatened legal action.

According to the Peoria Journal Star, the Peoria City Council voted last week to repeal the ordinance after pro-gun advocates said the thumbprint rule went against Illinois’ concealed carry legislation.

“A lawsuit had been prepared with Peoria residents as named plaintiffs together with the Illinois State Rifle Association, and we were poised to file suit immediately if the ordinance had not been repealed,” said ISRA general counsel Victor Quilici.

“Ultimately, it was decided that the City Council should repeal the entire section of the ordinance, which required thumbprints of handgun purchasers, and which contained other provisions adversely impacting handgun possession, transportation and transfers,” he said. “Other municipalities that have ordinances or codes preempted by the (Concealed) Carry Act have been targeted for contact by my office and will be challenged by court action if the violations are not cured.”

As the Peoria Journal Star reports, the thumbprint rule was part of a “deadly weapons ordinance” which stipulates that those who buy a handgun answer questions similar to those found on federal background check forms. The thumbprint was to be included in a certificate which would then be forwarded to the Peoria Police Department.

Read more: http://www.pjstar.com

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