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Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of
January 23, 2024

Who can file for a firearms restraining order?

You can file for a firearms restraining order if the respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself, or another in the near future by having a firearm in his/her custody or control, or by purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm. Additionally, to file for a firearms restraining order, you must be:

  • the respondent’s family member; or
  • a law enforcement officer.1

“Family members” include:

  1. the respondent’s:
    • spouse;
    • parent;
    • child;
    • step-child;
    • relative by blood or marriage; and
  2. a person who shares a home with the respondent.2

1 430 ILCS 67/5
2 430 ILCS 67/5