Representative Hirschauer is a member of the Illinois House Public Safety and Violence Prevention Task Force, which met Thursday, May 26. Springfield NBC affiliate WGEM shared an update on this week’s meeting.
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.”
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State Rep. Maura Hirschauer joins gun violence prevention effort in sponsoring the “fix the FOID” bill
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, is fighting to keep guns out of the hands of potentially violent individuals,
having recently voted to pass a measure to strengthen specific firearm restrictions for people who pose a risk to themselves or others.
“When someone is exhibiting dangerous behaviors, taking appropriate precautions is critical for their own safety and the safety of everyone around them,” said Hirschauer. “A short-term hold on the person’s ability to purchase or possess a firearm may very well prevent a catastrophic shooting event, but it’s incumbent on those closest to them and law enforcement officials working together—and quickly—to respond if someone is a possible threat.”
Hirschauer is sponsoring House Bill 1092, which expands the scope of Illinois’ “red flag” law, under which close family or household members can petition a judge to temporarily remove guns from a person who poses a threat to others or themselves. Red flag laws, also known as Extreme Risk Protection Order laws, have received renewed attention recently, as Indiana’s version could have potentially prevented an April mass shooting at a FedEx facility had it been used to its fullest extent.
The Hirschauer-backed House Bill 1092 strengthens the original Illinois law that took effect in 2019, expanding who can petition the courts for a firearms restraining order to include former spouses and partners who share a child with a potential shooter. To ensure law enforcement officers are familiar with how the law is supposed to work, the measure creates a training program for local authorities, as well as a public awareness campaign to empower more people to use it.
“Red flag laws are intended to help people in crisis access mental health services and supports while unarmed, so they can reclaim their gun rights when they’re no longer a risk,” said Hirschauer. “By educating both law enforcement and the public on how to use the state’s law effectively, this measure will help curb gun violence and save lives in our communities.”
House Bill 1092 passed the House last week and now awaits consideration in the Senate.
“Red flag laws are intended to help people in crisis access mental health services and supports while unarmed, so they can reclaim their gun rights when they’re no longer a risk. By educating both law enforcement and the public on how to use the state’s law effectively, this measure will help curb gun violence and save lives in our communities.”
April 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Representative Hirschauer will join her colleagues Representatives Ness and Stoneback in a Gun Safety Town Hall with Students Demand Action.
State Representative Maura Hirschauer
State Representative Susanne Ness
State Representative Denyse Stoneback