SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Combining her advocacy and work to end gun violence, state Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, supported  a comprehensive gun safety legislation package that was signed into law Monday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

“Gun violence is a multifaceted and complex issue that must be addressed on all fronts, from supporting law enforcement with the tools and technology they need to solve gun crimes and track illegally trafficked guns, to funding mental health, community-based violence intervention programs, and education,” said Hirschauer  “House Bill 562 is not a magic fix for the gun violence that plagues our state. It is, however, a crucially important step that we are taking today to prevent mass tragedies and everyday gun violence, and keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people.”

House Bill 562, supported by Hirschauer, takes several steps to combat gun violence and streamlines the FOID applications process by:

  • Requiring federal background checks for all private gun sales
  • Directing $9 million in funding for mental health to communities most impacted by gun violence
  • Allowing for a single FOID/CCL card
  • Strengthening requirements for the Illinois State Police to monitor state and federal databases for people prohibited from owning guns
  • Creating a database of stolen guns
  • Allowing for voluntary fingerprinting as an incentive for reduced application fees and automatic renewal of gun licenses
  • Creating an appeals board for FOID applicants

“The gun violence that plagues our state takes many forms: suicides, homicides, intimate partner violence, police shootings—all of them are lethal,” said Hirschauer. “It is our job, as legislators, to enact public policies that will keep Illinoisans safe, and I will continue to fight for strong, common sense gun violence prevention initiatives. House Bill 592 is a step in the right direction, but we have a  lot more tough work to do.”

Rep. Maura HirschauerRep. Maura Hirschauer

(D-Batavia)
49th District

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Students and school personnel would receive advance notice of planned active shooter drills

under legislation introduced by state Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, aimed at preventing psychological impacts from these training simulations.

“It’s scary and heartbreaking that our reality necessitates preparing teachers and young children for how to respond if an attacker barges into their classroom with a gun,” said Hirschauer. “While there’s a need for law enforcement to train for real emergencies that we all hope never occur, drills that are overly realistic can be extremely traumatizing for children. My bill keeps the well-being of students and staff at the heart of school lockdown drills by taking a trauma-informed approach to these situations.”

Hirschauer, a longtime volunteer with Moms Demand Action, is sponsoring House Bill 2400 to address how lockdown drills affect children. The measure specifies that school shooter drills must be age and developmentally appropriate, include school-based mental health professionals and be announced in advance, with an option for parents and guardians to exempt their child from participating. Under current state law, schools and law enforcement agencies are required to conduct a lockdown drill within the first 90 days of the school year.

“We must continue to do everything in our power to protect students from the physical threat of school shootings, but we can’t jeopardize their mental health in the process,” said Hirschauer. “I am committed to removing the harmful impacts of active shooter drills and making sure they’re conducted in a more effective way.”

“We must continue to do everything in our power to protect students from the physical threat of school shootings, but we can’t jeopardize their mental health in the process”

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Reps Hirschauer and Stoneback with Chief Ziman, Deputy Chief Cross, and Commander Fichtel

 

Today was an important day in the gun violence prevention movement.

For the first time in years, we heard our President declare gun violence a public health epidemic and outline a comprehensive plan of executive orders that will be crucial steps to curb gun violence across the country.

Here in the 49th District I am taking time to learn about and understand the multifaceted impacts of gun violence in our community. Today, alongside my colleague and sister GVP advocate, Representative Denyse Stoneback, I visited the Aurora Police Department to speak with local law enforcement and ATF representatives about the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, or the NIBIN, system. 

We saw first hand how shell casings are collected, analyzed, and logged into the network. We heard accounts from officers in the major crimes task force of how leads generated from NIBIN reporting led to the arrest of straw purchasers in Indiana. Aurora PD runs a model NIBIN site that is used by police departments in the collar counties. Communities across Kane, DuPage, Grundy, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, and Will counties benefit from the technology housed and stewarded by the Aurora Police Department.

Thank you to the Aurora Police Department for hosting us and sharing critical information with Rep Stoneback and our teams. The things we learned today will serve to shape our legislative priorities in the areas of gun violence prevention. Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we are committed to working together to keep our communities safe.

Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we are committed to working together to keep our communities safe.”

 

 

 

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