98TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2013 and 2014
SB1195

Introduced 1/30/2013, by Sen. Ira I. Silverstein

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
New Act

Creates the Firearms Accountability Act. Provides that whenever any person intentionally or negligently delivers or causes to be delivered a firearm, firearm ammunition, or silencer to: (1) any person who is not legally authorized to possess that item; (2) a person who is purchasing the item on behalf of another person; or (3) any other person the deliverer knows or has reason to know will use the item unlawfully; the deliverer shall thereafter be civilly liable for the commission of any subsequent tortious conduct that directly or indirectly involves the use, attempted use, or threatened use of the item by any person. Provides that a person bringing an action under the Act may be entitled to recover punitive damages if the conduct of the defendant that gave rise to the cause of action was either intentional, reckless, or grossly negligent. Provides that persons subject to liability under the Act are jointly and severally liable.
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A BILL FOR

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1 AN ACT concerning firearms.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Firearms Accountability Act.
6 Section 5. Cause of action. Whenever any person
7intentionally or negligently delivers or causes to be delivered
8a firearm, firearm ammunition, or silencer to: (1) any person
9who is not legally authorized to possess that item; (2) a
10person who is purchasing the item on behalf of another person;
11or (3) any other person the deliverer knows or has reason to
12know will use the item unlawfully; the deliverer shall
13thereafter be civilly liable for the commission of any
14subsequent tortious conduct that directly or indirectly
15involves the use, attempted use, or threatened use of the item
16by any person.
17 Section 10. Punitive damages. A person bringing an action
18under this Act may be entitled to recover punitive damages if
19the conduct of the defendant that gave rise to the cause of
20action was either intentional, reckless, or grossly negligent.
21 Section 15. Joint and several liability. Persons subject to

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1liability under this Act are jointly and severally liable.
2 Section 20. Stay of proceedings. The prosecuting attorney
3of any government or governmental subdivision or agency may
4move for a stay of any proceeding brought under this Act, to
5include all discovery, pending the completion of an
6investigation or prosecution of a criminal case related to the
7subject matter of a suit brought under this Act.
8 Section 25. Other remedies. The remedies provided by this
9Act are in addition to any other remedies allowed by law.