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Illinois Introduces Lethal Protection Bill to Prevent Gun Violence

May 24, 2018 - 9:01 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois House lawmakers are advancing a "lethal order of protection" measure.

The bill lets police, a relative or roommate petition the courts to temporarily take away a person's guns if it's believed they pose a violent threat, if that person is threatening violence against others or themselves. It's sponsored by State Representative Kathleen Willis.

“Those are red flags. Those are definitely things that family members, people that are close to the individuals, see and oftentimes feel powerless, and this is something that can enable them to help convince the person to get help,” she says.

Critics are concerned about violating second amendment rights, but State Representative Steven Reick says this isn't about guns - it's about mental health.

“We’re dealing with people who don’t have the capacity to understand what it is that they are going to do to themselves or others. Let’s give them the time to get the treatment to get the help that they need and protecting the rest of society. This is a balance,” he says.

If the order is granted, the person's Firearm Owners' ID card would be suspended. Four other states have a similar law. It now moves to the Senate.