CHICAGO – State Rep. Michael J. Kelly, D-Chicago, is spreading the word after the Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the second round of Firearm Enforcement Grants to local law enforcement organizations throughout the state. The police department in Morton Grove, which Kelly represents, received $12,686 from ISP.
“Across Illinois each day, brave members of law enforcement are working to address violence and crime before they can threaten our families and communities,” Kelly said. “Grants like these are just part of our commitment to making sure they have everything they need and more to better protect Illinois communities from potential threats.”
The grants are awarded to law enforcement organizations to enable them to conduct stepped up enforcement operations against individuals who have failed to surrender their firearms or FOID card after becoming subject to a Firearm Restraining Order, Clear and Present Danger determination or a felony conviction. These individuals are required to surrender their firearms and FOID card under state law. In the case of a restraining order or danger designation, the firearms are returned when the order or designation is lifted. A person convicted of a forcible felony loses their right to obtain a FOID card and to possess firearms until a minimum of 20 years have passed since the completion of their sentence.
“Reducing the potential for gun violence is a crucial part of any public safety agenda that stands a chance of being effective,” Kelly said. “That’s why grants like these are such good policy. Empowering law enforcement to identify and deal with illicit firearms before they are used is how we save lives, instead of having to pick up the pieces after yet another tragedy.”