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Status NoticeDue to the changes in the Illinois Firearms laws the information in this section is no longer up to date. Please return to this website later in 2013 for updated materials.
The purpose of the Firearms and Domestic Violence Project is to assist the courts and the criminal justice systems by developing an analysis of the current situation, compiling existing material, including Illinois specific resources, and providing the documents needed to clarify and implement state and federal firearm laws.
In discussions at the IFVCC Biennial Meeting in January 2001 and subsequent meetings of the Court Structure Committee, we have learned that the interpretation, and implementation of firearm state and federal laws as they relate to orders of protection vary widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in the state of Illinois.
Questions about jurisdictional boundaries involve issues such as, who is responsible for the prosecution of violations of the differing firearm laws. Inquiries surrounding implementation also continue. Examples of issues raised include: When a respondent is ordered to turn over firearms, who is responsible for retrieving those firearms? Who is responsible for storage of the retrieved firearms? What should happen when the respondent claims to not be in possession of the firearms or gives the firearms away before they can be retrieved? Additionally, questions persist regarding the revocation of FOID cards; the granting of firearm related remedies (specifically, 14.5) on Orders of Protection sought in Civil and Criminal Court; and the collateral consequences (such as not being able to own a firearm), of a criminal conviction for a Violation of an Order of Protection, Domestic Battery or other related charges. Inconsistences exist pertaining to the status of firearms when law enforcement officers are subject to an Order of Protection or are found guilty of domestic battery. Generally, there seems to be a lack of understanding surrounding current laws related to domestic violence and firearms.
An ad hoc project of the IFVCC Court Structure Committee has been created. An Advisory Committee will oversee the project with several sub-groups including Judicial, Legal, Law Enforcement/Probation, Prosecution, and Victim Advocacy.
The project will consist of three phases:
Specific projects of the sub-groups may include:
Project UpdateThe Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council's Firearms Domestic Violence Project is beginning a new phase. Much of the project has consisted of educating ourselves on the inner workings of the systems response to firearms and domestic violence related cases. The committee will continue to create tools for communities to respond and implement procedures for these cases. In addition, the committee will prioritize and provide trainings on the subject around the state.
Committee ListHonorable Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott, 21st Judicial Circuit, Chair
Hon. Kathleen Alling, Associate Judge, 2nd Judicial Circuit
Sgt. Kathleen Argentino, Domestic Violence Program, Chicago Police Department
Master Sgt. Mark Atchison, Firearms and Information Resources Bureau, Illinois State Police
Hon. Carla Bender, Circuit Clerk, Logan County
Lee Beneze, Legal Services Developer, Illinois Department on Aging
Cindy Bowman, LEADS Administration State LEADS Coordinator, Illinois State Police
Susan Bursztynsky, Director, 13th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council
Andrea Carlson, Coordinator, 17th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council
Nikki Carrion, Attorney, Law Offices of Thomas, Mottaz and Eastman
Hon. Gloria Coco, Ret. Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Dan Daly, Ret. Sheriff, Fulton County Sheriff's Department
Bernardine Dohrn, Director, Northwestern Child and Family Justice Center
Det. Mike Drugan, Special Victims Unit, DuPage County Sheriff's Department
Jennifer Greene, Court Advocate Program Director, Family Rescue
Cheryl Howard, Executive Director, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Robert Kindermann, Sheriff, Christian County Sheriff's Department
Arden Lang, Appellate Defender, Office of the State Appellate Defender
Roma Larson, Assistant State's Attorney, Sangamon County State's Attorney's Office
Rebecca Leatherwood, Safer Advocate, Sojourn Shelter and Services, Inc.
Loretta Line, Advocacy and Education Director, YMCA Evanston/Northshore
Thom Mennard, Director, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Kathleen Monahan, Domestic Violence Liaison, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Jo Mulcahy, Chief of Administration, Kankakee County Sheriff's Department
Sharon Paul, Victim Witness, U.S. Attorney's Office, Central District
Jan Russell, Advocate, Chicago Police Department
Hon. John Shonkwiler, Chief Judge, 6th Judicial Circuit
Jodi Todd, Coordinator, 21st Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council
Margrette Trushel, Executive Director, Oasis Women's Center
Teresa Tudor, Partner Abuse Intervention Program Administrator, Bureau of Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention
Mike Vladetich, Probation Officer, Jefferson County Probation Department
Sgt. Brett Wisnauski, Algonquin Police Department