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House passes mental illness, gun ownership bill

5/30/2018, noon
Legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, to keep lethal weapons out of the hands of those who suffer ...

Legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, to keep lethal weapons out of the hands of those who suffer from mental illness passed the House and will advance to the Senate for consideration.

“I was proud to join a bipartisan group of representatives to take the

first step in common sense legislation to address the problem of firearms

getting into the hands of individuals who have a history of mental illness

and whose friends and family believe are harmful to themselves and others

in the community,” Connor said. “Passing this legislation would allow law

enforcement to intervene when someone reports that an individual with

dangerous weapons in his or her possession is suffering from severe mental

illness, contemplating suicide or threatening violence to others.”

Under the Connor-backed House Bill 2354, concerned family members can

petition a court to suspend their loved one’s Firearm Owners Identification

(FOID) card to keep them from legally possessing or purchasing firearms and

ammunition. This legislation would also allow firearms to be removed from

one’s possession if they are an immediate threat to themselves or others.

“We have seen too many times across this country what happens when someone

experiencing a mental health crisis has easy access to deadly firepower,”

Connor said. “The shooters involved in these recent mass shootings showed

signs of severe mental health problems, but there was little that law

enforcement could do to address those concerns. This legislation can help

change that here in Illinois, and I am hopeful that our work on this

commonsense proposal will save lives.”

House Bill 2354 passed the House on Wednesday, May 23 with bipartisan

support. For more information on this legislation and other bills sponsored

by Connor, please contact his constituent service office at 815-372-0085

or RepConnor@gmail.com.