Firearm restraining order session hosted in Freeport

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) It's a new law aimed at empowering families and law enforcement to prevent gun tragedies; and on Tuesday folks in Freeport learned more about firearm restraining orders.

The event, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Freeport included a question and answer session with members of both the Freeport Police and Stephenson County Sheriff Departments. It also included the Illinois Coalition Against Handgun Violence.

A firearm restraining order, or FRO, is a civil court order issued by a judge that temporarily prohibits a person in crisis from possessing or buying firearms.

"it has nothing to do with a diagnosis that the person may have," said League of Women Voters of Freeport Executive Board Member Sharon Cook. "It's something that's out of the ordinary that could seem dangerous to a family member or a neighbor or a co worker. By bringing that evidence to law enforcement or directly to the court themselves, they can file one of these petitions and that person can have that gun removed at that time on a temporary basis."