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SHERIFF DART ANNOUNCES THE
PROHIBITED PERSONS’ ENFORCEMENT ACT

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Thursday, January 31, 2013Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is proposing gun control legislation aimed at reforming and strengthening the enforcement provisions of the state’s Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID) system; expanding the reporting of persons who are prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms because of serious mental illness; and extending the supervision terms for felons and gang members convicted of weapons offenses.

“Our state’s gun laws are designed to fail and put communities at risk. I believe the time is right to bring commonsense and overdue reforms that will better protect the residents of Cook County and the state of Illinois,” said Sheriff Dart, “If we continue to ignore the enforcement side of the system, we are acknowledging that gun violence is here to stay and the tragedies and loss of life will continue.”

This bill will have three significant components:

Strengthening the Revocation Process –

Strengthening Mental Health Reporting –

Extending the Supervision Term for Gun Offenders -

In Cook County alone there are nearly 5,000 current FOID card holders who have had their card revoked;

“These statistics unquestionably evidence systemic failure in our current FOID process that puts the public at risk,” said Sheriff Dart, “We have to get serious about enforcement – about recognizing that the center of the epidemic of gun violence is that weapons are in the wrong hands.”

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