Sen. McConnaughay Sponsors Public Safety Legislation

A press release from Sen. McConnaughay’s office:

McConnaughay attends first Legislative Public Safety Working Group meeting

Springfield, IL… This week, State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) attended the first meeting of the newly formed bi-partisan Legislative Public Safety Working Group.

The group, created last month by Governor Rauner, seeks to develop recommendations that address crime prevention, school safety, and mental health issues.

Sen. McConnaughay says the meeting was a good first step in developing common-sense, reasonable measures that make our state a safer place to live.

This week’s meeting was heavily focused on discussions regarding gun violence and school safety.

The administration shared recommendations developed by a panel of school administrators, fire and police officials who are members of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force. School safety action items include behavioral threat assessments, information sharing among schools, student safety tip lines, active shooter drills and enhanced fire alarm protocols.

“Now, more than ever, public safety is on the minds of people across the state and nation,” said Sen. McConnaughay.

“Recent acts of mass violence have really caused us to think about what we can be doing better to keep our children safe.

Karen McConnaughay

The difficulty with discussing this topic is finding that balance between keeping people safe and protecting our constitutional rights.

With that being said, I fully support all efforts to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have access to them, including individuals with mental health issues and criminals.

I am convinced that we can find common ground on solutions that make our state a safer place to live. I look forward to our future meetings and hope that we can advance the conversation—finding a balance that works for all.”

Key initiatives for the Legislative Public Safety Working Group include school safety, mental health, Interstate Crime Prevention Network, repeat gun offenders, concentrated crime force deployments, and economic revitalization.

The working group is scheduled to meet again on Monday, April 9.

Sen. McConnaughay notes that she is a sponsor on the following pieces of public safety legislation:

Senate Bill 2247: Makes the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a bump-fire stock for a semi-automatic firearm illegal 120 days after the bill becomes law.

Senate Bill 2907: Allows authorized agencies and entities Illinois that conduct or obtain national criminal history background checks for persons to be eligible to participate in the Federal Rap Back Service administered by the State Police.

Unlike routine background checks, Rap Back programs can receive ongoing, real-time notifications and updates about someone’s run-ins with law enforcement, including arrests and charges that do not end up in convictions.

Senate Bill 3591: Require persons wishing to get a FOID card or purchase guns to be checked against the National Terrorist Watch List.

Would also strengthen prohibitions on persons with Severe Mental Illness from purchasing guns.

The bill further toughens provisions of the law requiring the State Police to notify local law enforcement when a FOID card is revoked due to a disqualifying condition and whether the FOID cardholder has appropriately disposed of weapons they may have in their possession.

The bill also allows law enforcement to obtain a court order for the surrender of weapons by a person who has lost their FOID card because of disqualifying conditions.


Sen. McConnaughay Sponsors Public Safety Legislation — 9 Comments

  1. So she wants to take away civil rights and due process for people who get on a Watch List with no formal way to find out how you were placed on the list nor a way to clear yourself. She’s no better than her Democrat opponent.

    Senate Bill 3591: Require persons wishing to get a FOID card or purchase guns to be checked against the National Terrorist Watch List.

  2. Gun control now! What part of the phrase “well regulated” my pro-life, compassionate conservative friends do not understand? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  3. @ angel

    If You Could Read you’d be dangerous.

    What part of “shall not be infringed don’t you understand”?

  4. Millennials are paying attention; and they will be voting in unprecedented numbers in both 2018 and 2020. Can you feel the fear in the twisted brains of our pro-life, compassionate conservative friends? Ask Scott Walker about it? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…

  5. When exactly, is she going to do something about Porky Pig and Donald Duck, walking around without pants on?

  6. Please stop inappropriate references about our sunshine blogger. He makes everything here possible…including a good extra buck and lots of free dinner for himself…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  7. This action will prevent the migration of Illinois residents to other states. I can’t tell you how many people have informed me they are leaving Illinois due to lack of safety and guns. Here I was misled into thinking it was entitlements and state government spending with continued decrease bond rating. We are fortunate to have state representatives like this who can not only identify the problem but through magic use of her pen correct it.

  8. While millennials may favor gun control, they aren’t any more likely than their older cohorts to think that way. There is even some indication that they are less supportive of gun control than older generations.

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