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Highland Park shooting leads to new efforts to keep guns from dangerous individuals

WBBM News Radio
WBBM News Radio
 2022-11-22

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Illinois State Police Department (ISP) has taken additional steps to keep weapons out of the hands of those who may be a clear and present danger to themselves and others.

State police said that, instead of requiring a clear and present danger to be “imminent” or “impending,” authorities will revoke Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) cards from people who exhibit physical or verbal behavior like suicidal threats.

Additionally, reports submitted to state police from certified medical professionals, school administrators or law enforcement agencies will be kept for five years. That’s in case that person applies for a FOID card during that time.

“When determining whether to issue or revoke a FOID card, it is imperative ISP has as much information and evidence as possible,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly in a press release. “Updates to this administrative rule will strengthen ISP’s ability to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals.”

Police said the Highland Park shooting on the Fourth of July prompted changes to the Clear and Present Danger rule.

The rule will be included in the upcoming Illinois Register.

State police have also come out with a model policy for law enforcement to follow when enforcing a Firearms Restraining Order to take weapons away from those at risk of harming themselves or others.

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