Willis Backs Measure to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Mentally Ill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to create increase public safety by bringing about more common-sense gun control measures, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, this week announced support for legislation that would increase cross-agency communication to keep guns out of the hands of the severely mentally ill.

“I am committed to passing common-sense gun control measures that will protect our families as well as the rights of law abiding citizens,” said Willis. “In the wake of the numerous instances of mass shootings that have hit our nation, it is time to act to give law enforcement the tools it needs to prevent these tragedies before the happen.”

House Bill 3873 would grant law enforcement agencies greater oversight of individuals who are deemed mentally ill and should not be in possession of firearms. Under the proposed legislation, if an individual who holds a FOID card is determined by a federal agency to be mentally ill, that information must be passed to the Illinois State Police, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Advocates for the legislation argue that a key component preventing mass shootings is communication amongst different agencies at different levels of government. This measure will help to provide lines of communication to help stop another tragedy before it occurs.

“We need to pass real reforms to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill,” said Willis. “There is no reason we should have another tragedy that could have been prevented simply with better communication amongst public safety agencies.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.