The village of Lyons approved a new gun measure Tuesday in an effort to prevent straw purchases.
The ordinance comes in response to a July lawsuit filed against Lyons and two other Chicago suburbs, Riverdale and Lincolnwood, by an anti-violence coalition accusing them of inadequately monitoring gun sales in their communities.
Lyons is expected to be removed from the lawsuit as a result of the new ordinance, which requires the only gun retailer in Lyons, Midwest Sporting Goods, to undergo random inspections by local law enforcement officials and record information on individuals who buy multiple guns in a year. Information on potential gun sales denied by the retailer will also have to be reported to local law enforcement officials within 48 hours. Among other requirements, the store has to keep a "do not sell" list of customers whose guns were later involved in criminal activity.
"The new ordinance approved today spells out a strategy to help prevent straw buyers from purchasing guns that end up in the hands of criminals," Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty said in a statement. "Working with the Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, the plaintiffs, the Lyons Police and the gun shop in Lyons, we believe that through this partnership we can significantly reduce the likelihood of legally purchased guns ending up in the hands of people who use them in the commission of a crime."
The Illinois State Rifle Association opposes the village's new gun measure.
"That person may not have had anything to do with the crime. Maybe their firearm was stolen," the association's executive director Richard Pearson told the Associated Press. "Legitimate gun owners could go on the list, and they didn't do anything wrong."