From State Rep. Steve Reick:
Representative Steve Reick Serves as Leading Republican Voice on Bill to Allow Emergency Firearms Restraining Orders
A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has responded to incidents of mass gun violence across the nation with new legislation that would provide the courts with the ability to remove firearms from mentally distraught individuals while protecting the civil liberties and constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners.
The version of HB 2354 that came to the House from the Senate in March represented an extreme overreach into the rights of lawful gun owners.
As soon as that bill arrived, I contacted the sponsor and asked to collaborate with her on improvements to the bill.
For the last six weeks I was a leading Republican member of a negotiation team for a rewrite of HB 2354 which was filed in Springfield on Thursday.
I am also a Chief Co-Sponsor of the new bill.
The common thread with most recent acts of mass gun violence is that there were warning signs.
In almost every instance there were clues- comments made to others or behaviors that sent up red flags.
With the passage of HB 2354, family members or law enforcement would have the legal means to get guns out of the hands of mentally distraught people.
Equally as important, law-abiding gun owners would not be faced with another legislative mandate that diminishes their rights because of the actions of a small number of troubled individuals who commit criminal acts.
There’s a mental health component of these violent crimes that cannot be ignored.
Rather than passing legislation that infringes upon the constitutional rights of lawful gun owners, we need to turn our attention toward mental health issues that allow some people to use their firearms to harm others.
Click here to read more about the details of this bill.