SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Democrats are advancing plans preventing people with mental illnesses from legally owning firearms.
The plans target state gun owner’s identification cards, which allow people to possess firearms. The bills are up for consideration this month by the House and Senate chambers.
One plan would temporarily suspend gun permits of people who show signs of being a danger to themselves or others. A petition could be filed in any circuit court by someone who lives with the person. Gun rights advocates say that infringes on constitutional rights.
Another measure would require police to revoke the gun permits of people who have protection orders against them. And a third bill would require court clerks to report every person who a judge deems mentally disabled to the state police so they can revoke their permits.