Legislation aimed at weapons’ loophole

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ILLINOIS — Lawmakers are exploring legislation to take guns away from people who’ve had run-ins with police. They’re focusing on people who have domestic violence offenses.

“These are lethal weapons and I don’t see why they should be in the hands of people who have proven that they’re willing to hurt other people.”

Lynn Otterson works at the Women’s Center, in Springfield. She says the world we live in is not the same anymore when it comes to gun violence.

“We need to be wise in how we address the problem, but I think it’s clear the United States has an incredible gun violence, gun homicide problem compared to the rest of the world.”

State law allows anyone arrested for domestic violence to still own a gun with a FOID card. A new proposal aims to change that.

“Should be able to prove that you’re psychologically, mentally and morally capable of not hurting another human being.”

Police say they can only do so much.

“If we’re investigating a domestic violence situation, unless there is a gun involved, we wouldn’t be searching the house and so forth.”

The bill would make it mandatory for law enforcement to remove weapons from a household if someone is deemed ineligible for a FOID card with a warrant.

“Needs to be mentally unfit to stand trial whether found mentally ill. Those are things that can preclude someone from having a firearm.”

John Jackson is a training expert and says he’s fine with the laws already in place.

“It’s not so much that we need additional laws. We need to better enforce the ones we have on the books and look closer at the real issue which isn’t the guns. It’s the people.”

Otterson says there’s still work to be done to tackle this issue.

“So we shouldn’t run out and just slam laws everywhere, but I think, on this topic we have a lot of work to do.”

Similar legislation to remove firearms from homes of people who are ineligible for a FOID card has been introduced in the House before. 

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