The Illinois State Police announced they have revoked over 4,000 Firearm Owners Identification cards this year from Clear and Present Danger reports, which they say has “averted tragedies.”
The Illinois State Police (ISP) released data highlighting its Office of Firearms Safety reviews earlier this week.
The office works to prevent potential firearm-related incidents by keeping guns out of the hands of those who pose a significant threat to themselves or others.
“We can stop potential tragedies when law enforcement, school administrators, and medical professionals file Clear and Present Danger reports,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.
“Continued vigilance, identification of dangerous individuals, and hands on work by state and local police can save lives,” Kelly said.
The ISP said they strengthened firearm safety laws in Illinois in the past year and increased education and training for law enforcement agencies and schools about using the “Clear and Present Danger” law.
Last November, the agency broadened its Clear and Present Danger rules for FOID holders and applicants in response to the Highland Park parade mass shooting.
The update changed the definition of Clear and Present Danger to be more consistent with the statutory definition in the FOID Act, which broadly defines clear and present danger as requiring “physical or verbal behavior, such as violent, suicidal, or assaultive threats, actions, or other behavior.”
The Highland Park Police Department had filed a Clear and Present Danger report involving Robert Crimo with the state police prior to the mass shooting.
The state police did not take any action against Crimo and he eventually was able to legally obtain a FOID card and purchase guns.
Since the November changes, ISP has launched a web-based portal where law enforcement, medical professionals and schools are able to submit Clear and Present Danger reports.
ISP has received 10,144 Clear and Present Danger reports from law enforcement, school administrators and medical professionals from January to September.
Over 41%, or 4,212, of those reports resulted in the state police revoking or denying FOID applications. State police say the Clear and Present Danger reporting “averts potential tragedies.”
“We are united in our commitment to preventing gun related tragedies in Illinois,” Governor JB Pritzker said.
“I’m thankful for the Illinois State Police’s diligent efforts to train law enforcement agencies, school administrators, and medical professionals about the importance of reporting individuals who pose a threat of gun violence and how to do so. Every neighborhood and every home deserves to be free from gun violence, and the State of Illinois will continue to make significant investments in public safety and violence reduction,” Pritzker said.