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|Revoking FOID Rights for College Kids
|(IRN)-Students who consistently exhibit "erratic" behavior could lose their gun ownership rights. A bill headed to the floor of the Illinois House would strip college kids of their Firearm Owner's Identification cards if school administrators felt their behavior was problematic.
The sponsor, State Representative Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago), says once an "erratic" incident occurs on a college campus, "the police department would have to investigate it, make a determination, and then they would have to feel like this person was acting in an erratic manner and a potentially violent manner. And then they would report it to the State Police and the State Police would take that information and decide whether to revoke the card. So there is a bit of a checks and balance. It isn't just the college."
But State Representative Jil Tracy (R-Mount Sterling) isn't convinced. "What is erratic behavior?" she said. "I don't know that every school administrator is qualified, and most aren't, to make that kind of evaluation. So that was the disconnect that I saw and it wasn't a well phrased bill."
Cunningham says the bill was inspired in part by Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the shooting spree in Arizona in January that left 13 wounded and six dead. U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was one of the 13 injured. Cunningham says Loughner's case influenced the bill.
Cunningham's bill (HB1461) passed committee 6-4 and now heads to the House floor for a vote.
(Source: Illinois Radio Network)
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