Firearm Restraining Order
Firearm Restraining Order (FRO)
The Firearm Restraining Order (FRO), sometimes called a Red Flag Law, allows family members, household members, and law enforcement to work with courts to temporarily remove guns and prevent the purchase of new guns by individuals who pose a significant risk of harm to themselves or others.
Why Do We Need a FRO?
Easy access to guns is a significant risk factor for injury and death. In response to tragic events across the country, Illinois has made a commitment to addressing gun violence, leading to the passage of the FRO law. This law provides families, household members, and law enforcement a judicial pathway for temporarily removing firearms and prohibiting future gun purchases for the duration of the order.
How to Obtain a FRO:
Step 1: Request a petition from your local circuit court.
Step 2: Complete and submit the petition to the circuit court where the respondent or person in crisis lives.
Step 3: If the judge issues an FRO, the court will send the FRO to local law enforcement to serve the summons.
Step 4: Attend the hearing scheduled by the court. A hearing will be scheduled within 14 days of the summons being served.
For more detailed steps on how to obtain a FRO, go here.
Still have questions about the FRO? Go to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
To spread the word about the FRO, download the CCSO FRO Flyer.