09/17/202012:00 PM - CST
September 17, 2020: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
The Firearms Restraining Order: A New Tool to Prevent Violence in Illinois
- Peter Contos, BS, Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
- Tami Tunnell, MA, Downstate Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
This session will focus on Illinois’ recently-enacted “Extreme-Risk law” (commonly referred to as “Red-Flag Law”), the Firearms Restraining Order law. This law provides family members and law enforcement with a civil court process allowing them to petition the court to temporarily remove firearms from someone who is at risk of harming themselves or someone else. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there is potential for our communities to experience increased risks of suicide and domestic violence, making these laws even more important. Attendees will hear from experts and discuss how the Illinois law works, what the challenges to implementation are in Illinois, how other states are effectively implementing similar laws, and how individuals working in public health and related areas can support the implementation of this law as a way to reduce gun violence.