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What is the Firearms Restraining Order Act?

Illinois has seen its share of gun violence, and it regrettably has not changed much for people at risk. The lawmakers in Springfield worked this year to institute the Firearms Restraining Order Act, which will hopefully make it easier for people to prevent possible injury or death.

What is the Firearms Restraining Order Act?

The law, passed in July 2018, allows a person in Illinois to file for a restraining order against a person who has shown a serious intent or possible intent to harm the person with a firearm in their possession. A restraining order may keep a threatening person away from the threatened person or allow law enforcement to take custody of his or her firearm.

Who can petition for a firearm restraining order?

Family members at risk of domestic violence or related threat may file for a restraining order with the belief of a threat and the knowledge of a firearm. A law enforcement officer may file on his or her own behalf or for someone else by learning of a threat in an investigation.

What other effects may a restraining order have?

A person with a firearm owner's card or a concealed carry permit may have those permissions revoked under the law. If a person does not have either form of gun owner's identification, he or she may not be granted an application for either one.

What are the options for someone injured by a firearm?

Other than criminal charges, a person may sue for financial damages after any sort of personal injury attributable to someone else's actions. Consider a lawyer if you suspect the possibility of injury or have already experienced it.

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