Peoria Public Radio Staff
Thu March 7, 2013
Counties focus on mental illness, gun access
More Illinois counties are complying with a law intended to keep guns away from people with mental illness. IPR’s Chris Slaby reports:
Tramme says that information lets police identify who doesn't qualify for a Firearm Owners Identification … or "FOID" … card. But ...
“There is still much improvement needed, particularly in the area of underreporting.” Because while 27 counties have now reported cases to the police, that means Illinois' other 75 still have not.Chris Kachiroubas, the DuPage county circuit clerk, says some counties just may not have any cases to report. And even when they do:
"They can only transmit what information they have to the state police.” Meaning when state police decide whether to issue a FOID card -- they may not have a complete picture of an applicant's mental health.