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A Firearm Restraining Order can pause a deadly situation

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In any crisis, time is precious. Those in crisis need time to think things over, to seek help, and to get better. But bullets move faster than people can heal. When a loved one is saying or doing things that suggest they intend to harm themselves or others, having access to a gun can create a threat.

Here in Illinois, there is a tool that can help: a Firearm Restraining Order (FRO). These civil orders prevent someone in crisis from the temporary purchase or possession of firearms. By doing so, FROs can pause a potentially deadly situation and give someone the time they need to heal.

“Pause to Heal” is a partnership by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Brady: United Against Gun Violence, and the Ad Council.