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A Breakdown of Illinois's Firearm Restraining Order

 The Illinois Firearm Restraining Order has been in effect since 2019 and the Christian County Sheriff's Office is making it clear that the order is not a gun grab, but rather a safety feature for people battling mental health episodes.


Chief Deputy Jim Baker of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office explains the judicial side of the process and the temporary nature of the firearm seizure.



A clear and present danger is a term used to describe people struggling through a mental health episode says Chief Deputy Baker. There is language determining who the firearm can be transferred to during the process which usually involves a close family member.



Chief Deputy Baker describes an instance where the Firearm Restraining Order worked well, as family members followed the proper steps of reaching out to either the Christian County Sheriff's Office or the circuit court in the corresponding county.



The Christian County Sheriff’s Office can be reached by calling, 217-824-4961.


Chief Deputy Jim Baker appeared as a guest on the WTIM Morning Show.

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