ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In order to keep guns out of the wrong hands, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, helped pass legislation that would strengthen Illinois’ “Red Flag” laws, which allow family members to petition the court to remove guns from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others.
“With the potential dangers that guns present, it is critical that those who have access to guns use them responsibly,” said Manley. “In order to keep everyone safe, there must be avenues to alert authorities if guns fall into the hands of someone who may use them in unsafe ways.”
Illinois currently has laws in place allowing family members and law enforcement to petition for a firearm restraining order (FRO), which temporarily prohibits an individual from access guns if they are found to be dangerous to themselves or others. To help strengthen these laws, Manley voted for House Bill 1092, which creates a public awareness campaign about FROs, requires annual trainings for law enforcement on how to use FROs, and allows more family members to petition the court for an FRO.
Throughout her time in the General Assembly, Manley has been a staunch supporter of commonsense gun laws. In previous sessions, she supported commonsense licensing standards for gun dealers. Manley also was a cosponsor for the bipartisan legislation that created FROs.
“While it is important that responsible gun owners are able to exercise their rights, it is also critical for the safety of our community that we have laws in place to crack down on illegal and unsafe gun ownership,” said Manley. “I remain committed to protecting our community and will continue to find ways to increase gun safety in Illinois.”