Curran votes to approve Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act
In wake of the growing number of mass shootings and senseless violence in the United States, State Sen. John Curran (R-Downers Grove) voted in support of a public safety measure to prevent potentially dangerous individuals from self-harm or endangering others with a firearm—approved by the Illinois Senate on Feb. 28.
“When we hear news of terrible, tragic shootings, families and students grow increasingly concerned and wonder how it could be prevented,” said Curran. “In some cases, those close to the offender have said there were warning signs. This initiative creates a process for family members or acquaintances to bring forth evidence and sworn testimony before a judge and potentially prevent an individual who poses an immediate or present danger with a firearm.”
House Bill 772 establishes the Lethal Violence Order of Protection Act, which allows family members, acquaintances and/or law enforcement to provide a sworn petition to the court to identify an individual who poses an immediate or present danger of causing grievous injury to one’s self or another with a firearm. The Act establishes a number of factors and types of evidence that the court must consider before issuing a lethal violence order of protection.
The legislation aims to help identify individuals who display signs of dangerous behavior and remove their FOID card and any firearms in their possession prior to a possible shooting. It also provides a process by which an individual receives a due process hearing to answer the sworn allegations put forth against them in court.
“The safety of our children is a top priority, and they deserve to grow up in a safe neighborhood and attend school without any threats of danger,” said Curran. “I am supporting several commonsense public safety measures that have been filed in the General Assembly, and all members of the Senate and House need to work together in a collaborative manner for the betterment of everyone’s safety.”
Following its approval by the Senate, the legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.