AURORA, In poor health. (TOC) — Illinois State Police introduced a significant enforcement blitz Thursday to maintain weapons out of the palms of people that should not have them.
ABC 7 spoke to the director of ISP and critics who say much more must be completed in mild of the Highland Park 4th of July bloodbath.
From mid-June via the tip of July, Illinois State Police mentioned they carried out 201 statewide particulars to take away firearms from individuals who have had their FOID playing cards revoked for felony convictions or threatening actions.
“We are going to do all the things in our energy to stop mass shootings and gun violence of any type,” Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly mentioned.
Kelly mentioned out of greater than 1,716 FOID compliance checks from June 16 to July 31, 1,014 folks in Illinois have been introduced into compliance, surrendering their FOID playing cards and transferring their firearms out of their possession.
That included Christian Rask in Batavia, who was arrested after a transparent and current hazard report.
“Regulation enforcement executed a search warrant and located a pistol, two rifles, greater than a thousand rounds of reside ammunition, a ballistic vest, explosives and incendiary system and bomb making supplies within the particular person’s dwelling,” Kelly mentioned.
Enforcement efforts started in 2019 after legislation enforcement realized the shooter who killed 5 folks on the Henry Pratt Firm in Aurora had his FOID card revoked, however nonetheless had his weapons
“We labored with the state police, I’ve been working with them to extend manpower to create a devoted unit on FOID card revocation enforcement,” mentioned Sen. John Curran, R-Forty first District.
However Curran mentioned new questions linger over cracks within the FOID system after the alleged Highland Park shooter, Robert Crimo III, was in a position to legally acquire his FOID card and firearms.
“We must always anticipate extra diligence,” Curran mentioned. “We must always anticipate extra investigation from our legislation enforcement company across the FOID Act.”
Illinois State Police mentioned new emergency guidelines that went into impact final month are nonetheless in place, permitting extra flexibility to disclaim a FOID utility and retain clear and current hazard experiences.
State police mentioned 33 departments have utilized for $2 million in grants to step up FOID card enforcement.
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