Another CCW bill. And a reactionary bill to the AZ shooting.
For those that think the latter might be a good idea, let me caution you. I've taught, my girlfriend is a teacher... and let me say: Kids are OFTEN "flagged" as behaving erratically, or a potential danger, etc - so that teachers can keep a close eye on them for their own good. They're teenagers! Of course they're a little crazy. They're under immense social pressure, and are figuring out who they are and developing their identities.
How many of you got into a fist fight in school? Or did unusually bad on your school works for a week or two because you were going through a breakup, or some other bad time? You would be fingered by teachers and administration
as someone to keep an eye one. This is a good thing; it helps ensure the loving adults in their lives pay special attention to the kids who need it most at any given time.
But we cannot - Must not let the revocation of fundamental rights be based upon a teacher or administrator's observance of teenager's "erratic" behavior.
From an adolescent psychology and developmental standpoint, it's perfectly normal to be out-of-line . The overwhelming majority of these teenagers will grow up to be perfectly healthy, rational adults. "Erratic" behavior during adolescence does not mean the person will be mentally unstable in later life
For every 1 Tuscon shooter this law would keep firearms from, millions of peoples' rights will be infringed.
The bill states that the school would decide whose names to send to the state police - but public schools would, to cover their ass, be unofficially forced to report every single tiny incident to prevent later lawsuits. This would give the state the green light to confiscate firearms and revoke FOID cards for countless law-abiding, mentally stable, tax paying, productive citizens.
- CONCEALED CARRY-PERMITS - B. Mitchell ( R ), A. Brown ( R), W Rosenthal ( R )
Creates the Family and Personal Protection Act. Permits the Department of State Police to issue permits to carry concealed firearms to persons at least 21 years of age who meet certain requirements. Provides that the county sheriff shall evaluate the application and accompanying material, and within 30 calendar days transmit the application, accompanying material, and any objections to the application, and application fees to the Department of State Police. Requires an applicant for a permit to have completed specified training requirements developed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board consisting of classroom instruction and live firing exercises. Preempts home rule. Amends the Illinois Police Training Act and the Criminal Code of 1961 to make conforming changes. Effective immediately.
- FIREARM OWNERS ID-REVOKE - W Cunningham (D)
Amends the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act. Provides that the Department of State Police may deny an application for or revoke and seize a Firearm Owner's Identification Card previously issued under the Act to a student or former student of a secondary school or institution of higher learning who has been identified by the administration of that school or institution as a person who has acted in a mentally erratic
or violent nature while enrolled, thereby creating a possible threat to the safety of the student body, faculty, or staff of the school or institution. Provides that the administration of a secondary school or institution of higher learning may report to the Department of State Police the name and address of a student or former student who has acted in a mentally erratic or violent nature while enrolled. Provides that the Department of State Police may use such information to determine whether to deny an application for or to revoke and seize the student or former student's Firearm Owner's Identification Card. Provides that the administration of a secondary school or an institution of higher learning that reports the name and address of a student or former student to the Department of State Police as having acted in a mentally erratic or violent nature while enrolled are presumed to have acted in good faith and are immune from civil or criminal liability for making such report and the consequences of such report.