The Illinois legislature is expected to take up the state’s gun laws on Wednesday, with lawmakers voting on the measure that would ban people with a criminal history from owning firearms and establish a mandatory minimum prison term for anyone who buys a gun.
The measure was introduced by Republican state Rep. Josh Buehler and would allow the Illinois State Police to seize guns and require people with criminal histories to register them with the state.
The Illinois House passed the bill, but it is unlikely to advance on the Senate floor, and lawmakers could not agree on a replacement measure.
A spokesman for Gov.
Bruce Rauner said he will sign the bill into law if it becomes law.
The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Buehler said the measure will save taxpayers money by cutting prison costs and allow more police officers to be on the streets to help prevent crime.
The bill was introduced on the eve of the state Legislature’s second session, which begins Thursday.
Rauner has pushed to increase police resources in response to a spike in gun violence, including a string of shootings that have left six people dead.
His administration has said that it is taking the right steps to reduce the state economy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.