Two weeks ago, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 1092, which aims to strengthen the existing Firearms Restraining Order Act in Illinois.
State Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback (D---Skokie) the legislation's lead sponsor, said the law will protect people from gun violence.
Under the Firearms Restraining Order Act (FRO), also known as the Red Flag law, family members, household members, or law enforcement can obtain an order to temporarily remove firearms--and prevent future gun purchases for the duration of the order--from people who pose a significant risk of harm to themselves or others.
Stoneback, wife of Evanston's Public Works Director Dave Stoneback, founded Skokie-based People for a Safer Society in 2013, soon after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.
PSS facilitates education, awareness, and advocacy about gun violence and pushes for common sense gun laws. In addition, PSS informs communities about non-legislative solutions, such as divestment from gun manufacturers.
Thank you, Rep. Stoneback for all your incredible work advocating for sensible gun legislation and advocating to help reduce gun violence.
Why Do We Need a FRO?
Easy access to guns is a significant risk factor for injury and death. In response to tragic events across the country, Illinois has made a commitment to addressing gun violence, leading to the passage of the FRO law. This law provides families, household members, and law enforcement a judicial pathway for temporarily removing firearms and prohibiting future gun purchases for the duration of the order.
How to obtain a FRO:
Step 1: Request a petition from your local circuit court.
Step 2: Complete and submit the petition to the circuit court where the respondent or person in crisis lives.
Step 3: If the judge issues a FRO, the court will send the FRO to local law enforcement to serve the summons.
Step 4: Attend the hearing scheduled by the court. A hearing will be scheduled within 14 days of the summons being served.
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