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IDHS Makes Some Clarifying Changes

SPRINGFIELD - A state department makes a big improvement to a concealed carry gun law that passed through the state legislature last year.
SPRINGFIELD - A state department makes a big improvement to a concealed carry gun law that passed through the state legislature last year.

The Illinois Department of Human Services announced today new requirements for the FOID mental health reporting system.

The system collects information on people in the state who have been declared "mentally disabled" in court.

Hospitals, mental health facilities, and other qualified examiners should report someone to the system-- if they feel that person is a "clear and present danger" to themselves or others.

Then, the Illinois State Police would investigate if someone is fit to get a concealed carry permit.

IDHS representatives say the process hopes to ensure that someone who applies for a FOID card won't do something violent.

"It's crucial to expand and enhance and improve the FOID application process in Illinois, in order to safe guard the people,” said Tom Green, spokesman for IDHS.

Green says a mentally unstable person is either developmentally or intellectually disabled. He adds that IDHS has been getting more reports since Illinois’ concealed carry bill was passed.

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