When Illinois became the nation’s most restrictive gun-control state in 1996, many states followed suit.
And that led to an explosion of state laws that limit gun ownership and ammunition, including in some of the most conservative states.
But the latest law passed by the Illinois House of Representatives would expand those restrictions even further, by allowing some of those states to require people convicted of felony crimes to surrender their firearms, even if the conviction was later overturned.
It is the latest effort by the Republican-led state Legislature to impose stricter gun laws, which critics say infringes on Second Amendment rights.
The law, which takes effect July 1, makes it illegal for anyone convicted of a felony to possess a firearm for any reason other than to defend themselves or another person.
The legislation also eliminates the right to a jury trial in gun cases and would eliminate a requirement that someone who commits a crime have a permit to own a firearm.
A hearing to debate the bill on Wednesday was scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon in Springfield, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Chicago.
The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the bill Friday.
The Associated Press could not reach representatives of the House Judiciary committee for comment.
The Illinois Supreme Court has previously overturned convictions for felonies, and Illinois lawmakers have said the state will have no role in overturning those rulings.
The legislature passed the bill after Gov.
Pat Quinn signed a sweeping gun control bill into law in March, saying it was necessary to prevent criminals from acquiring firearms.
Quinn’s bill required gun owners to show they were licensed to own firearms, and it required them to provide their fingerprints and proof of insurance before they could get a gun.
The bill also required people convicted in Cook County to surrender firearms, although those convictions were overturned earlier this year.
That left open the possibility that those convictions could be overturned by a higher court.
Illinois had one of the nations strictest gun laws.
The state had the fourth-highest murder rate in the nation in 2016, according to FBI data.