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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today applauded the enactment of the Firearms Restraining Order Act, a Red Flag law that will empower family members and law enforcement officers to petition courts for temporary orders keeping guns out of the hands of individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others. Illinois becomes the eighth state this year and the 13th overall to enact a Red Flag law.
STATEMENT FROM LAUREN QUINN, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER WITH THE ILLINOIS CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Today, Illinois joins the growing list of states with life-saving Red Flag laws. Family members and law enforcement officials are often the first people to know when someone poses a risk to themselves or others, and this law will make it easier to act on these warning signs and prevent tragedies. We’re grateful to the lawmakers who pushed this important legislation forward.”
Did you know?
The US gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs
Last updated: 1.7.2021