Time for Action:
Lethal Violence Order of Protection
March 5, 2017

FROM:  
Ma ry Kubasak, President
Jean Pierce and Hilary Denk, Issues Co-Chairs
Mary Klonowski & Barbara Marsh, Issues Specialists
 
RE: Support HB2354 -- File a Witness Slip TODAY

ACTION NEEDED
HB 2354 has been assigned to the Illinois House Judiciary - Criminal Committee. The committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, March 7th at 3:30 p.m.

The League of women Voters of Illinois supports this legislation and we are asking you to please file a witness slip to support HB2354.
  • This legislation would allow an immediate family member or law enforcement to petition a court for a Lethal Violence Order of Protection (LVOP) if there is a substantial likelihood that a person will, in the near future, cause personal injury to him - or herself or others by owning or possessing a firearm.
  • The court may consider evidence of whether the person has made a recent threat or committed a recent act of violence directed at him - or herself or another; violated a protective order of any kind; has been convicted of a violent offense; or engaged in a pattern or violent acts or threats within the past 12 months.
  • A court may restrain an individual from purchasing or possessing guns for up to one year.
  • A court is authorized to issue a warrant for any firearms in the person's possession.
  • A restrained person must immediately surrender all firearms in his or her possession. The law enforcement officer serving a LVOP must also take custody of any firearm or other deadly weapon in plain sight.
  • The court must electronically notify state and local authorities within one court day of issuing an LVOP.
  • Imposes penalties for abuse of the process: a criminal penalty for anyone who files a petition known to be false.
     

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT:
Passage of this legislation would provide families and law enforcement an opportunity to prevent someone from using a firearm who, in the judgment of the court, could cause personal harm to him/herself or others.


TO FILE A WITNESS SLIP:
 

  1. Click on this link: http://bit.ly/2moNuwP and file the slip as a PROPONENT OF HB2354.
  2. Identification Section: Fill out the identification section with your information. For the Firm/business or agency and Title fields, write self.
  3. Representation section: If you are not authorized to appear on behalf of any group, fill in NA or self.
  4. In the Position section select PROPONENT.
  5. Complete the Testimony section. Check the "Record of Appearance Only" box. This will allow your position on the piece of legislation known without having to physically appear.
  6. Type in what is displayed in the CAPTCHA box.
  7. Click in the box next to "I Agree to the ILGA Terms of Agreement."
  8. Click Create (SLIP). 
You are done!  Thank you.  

Interested to know which members of the Illinois House sit on this committee? Go here:  http://www.ilga.gov/house/committees/members.asp?CommitteeID=1974&GA=100
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