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Law closes public safety loophole involving access to firearms by mentally ill


SPRINGFIELD – A measure designed to reduce access to firearms by individuals suffering from mental illness is now in effect after being signed by the governor.

State Sen. Julie Morrison, D – Deerfield, introduced a plan earlier this year (Senate Bill 2213) that requires circuit court clerks report bi-annually if no person has been adjudicated as a person with a mental disability or if no person has been involuntarily admitted. The plan ensures that state police are receiving information from every Illinois county.

Current Illinois law already requires circuit court clerks to relay information to the Illinois State Police when a person passes through the court system and is deemed to have a mental disability or is involuntarily committed to a mental institution. The information is used to ensure FOID cards, which are required to legally own a firearm in Illinois, are not administered.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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