A new law can help!
Illinois’ Firearms Restraining Order (FRO) is a law that allows family members and law enforcement officers to obtain a court order to prevent an at-risk person from accessing firearms, and temporarily prohibits that person from purchasing or obtaining any new firearms. The firearm removal can last from 14 days to six months depending on the type of order. Orders can be renewed before it expires if the danger still exists.
Who can request a FRO?
Family members* and law enforcement officers can file a petition to obtain a FRO with the Circuit Court in which the person to be restrained resides. If you are a non-family caregiver or home visitor, you cannot petition directly for a FRO. However, if a client has risk factors such as an emotional crisis or dementia, and is demonstrating signs of being dangerous such as suicidal thoughts, aggression, public threats of violence, or is exhibiting other dangerous behaviors, you may consider speaking with the client’s family member about the FRO. In cases of emergency, an emergency FRO can be issued the same day.
*Includes spouse, parent, grandparent, child, or step-child of the respondent, or a person who shares a common dwelling with the respondent. See relationship code on FRO petition form for all eligible relationship statuses.
**Includes sheriff’s departments, police departments, and other law enforcement agencies.