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.
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.