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Republican State Lawmaker Offers Gun Control Measures

State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills).

State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills). Office of St. Rep. David McSweeney

An Illinois lawmaker wants to give police officers more power to take away guns from someone who poses a threat. 

State Representative David McSweeney says police in Florida didn’t have enough power to stop Nikolas Cruz from carrying out a mass shooting, despite dozens of reports about his behavior. The Republican from Barrington Hills says his legislation (HB5849) would keep that from happening in Illinois. 

Police could get a warrant to take guns if a court decides the owner is dangerous to himself or others — or if they believe there’s an immediate danger, they could take the weapons and justify their actions in court later.

McSweeney believes that could help police prevent a mass shooting.

“I think it’s a reasonable way of addressing an issue that is obviously so important. I mean, there’s so many cases beyond Florida of people who are a clear and present danger,” he said.

Lawmakers are also considering a bill to let family members ask a court to take away someone’s guns, but McSweeney says that power should be reserved for the police.