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Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday signed four pieces of legislation related to public safety.

One encourages police officers to seek mental health treatment, without jeopardizing their career.

The legislation provides that a police agency cannot make a FOID card a condition of continued employment if the card is temporarily revoked because of inpatient mental health treatment as long as the officers are believed not to be a danger to themselves or others.

Another gives gun owners an extended grace period to keep their FOID Card, even if the processing period extends beyond the card’s expiration date. Rauner says this will ensure there is no interruption in gun owners’ rights to keep their firearms.

Previously, FOID cards were deemed invalid if they expired during the renewal process.


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