What is a FRO?

The Firearm Restraining Order (FRO) is a law that allows family members, household members, and law enforcement to work with courts to temporarily remove guns and prevent the purchase of new guns by individuals who pose a significant risk of harm to themselves or others.

If you are in immediate danger, please contact local law enforcement or dial 911.

Why Do We Need a FRO?

Easy access to guns is a significant risk factor for injury and death. In response to tragic events across the country, Illinois has made a commitment to addressing gun violence, leading to the passage of the FRO law. This law provides families and loved ones, household members, and law enforcement a judicial pathway for temporarily removing firearms and prohibiting future gun purchases for the duration of the order.

How to Obtain a FRO

To obtain a FRO, you need to file a petition with a court Here are the steps:

Step 1

Request a petition from your local circuit court, or download one here.

Step 2

Complete and submit the petition to the Circuit Court where the respondent lives. Circuit court clerks are required to assist you through this process.

Step 3

If the judge issues a FRO, the court will send the FRO to local law enforcement to serve the summons/warrant.

Step 4

Attend the hearing scheduled by the court. A hearing will be scheduled within 14 days of the summons being served.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does a FRO help people in crisis stay safe?

The FRO helps family members and law enforcement protect a loved one who is dangerous to themselves or others by temporarily prohibiting them from accessing guns. It requires temporary removal of firearms from the subject of the order and prohibits new purchases for the duration of the order. This creates safer circumstances for the individual to seek treatment, stabilize their behavior, or access resources to address the underlying causes of their dangerous behaviors.

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