102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 1/27/2022, by Rep. Kathleen Willis - Maura Hirschauer
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
20 ILCS 2310/2310-542 new
Amends the Department of Public Health Powers and Duties Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois. Requires the Department of Public
Health to develop and implement a comprehensive 2-year statewide safe gun
storage public awareness campaign. Provides that the campaign shall
include sustained and focused messaging over the course of the 2-year
campaign period, messages paired with information about enforcement or
incentives for safe gun storage, and geographic and cultural
considerations. Provides that the campaign shall be divided into 3 phases
with specified requirements for each phase. Repeals the provisions on
January 1, 2026.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Department of Public Health Powers and
Duties Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by adding Section 2310-542 as follows:
(20 ILCS 2310/2310-542 new)
Safe gun storage public awareness campaign.
(a) The Department shall develop and implement a
comprehensive 2-year statewide safe gun storage public
awareness campaign. The campaign shall include the following:
(1) Sustained and focused messaging over the course of
the 2-year campaign period.
(2) Messages paired with information about enforcement
or incentives for safe gun storage.
(3) Geographic and cultural considerations.
(b) The campaign shall be divided into the following 3
(1) A statewide messaging strategy that shall develop
research-based, culturally appropriate messaging for
awareness of gun safety, reducing access to lethal means,
and encouraging safe storage. The campaign shall include
formats such as paid advertising on Chicago Transit
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Authority trains, bus stops, billboards, digital or social
media campaigns, radio, and other public education and
(2) A gun lock and gun safe distribution campaign and
gun buy-back programs. This phase shall require the
(A) Developing a focused strategy to distribute,
through community based organizations, gun locks and
gun safes in areas most affected by gun violence.
(B) Pairing gun lock distribution with brief
counseling or education sessions, which has been shown
to significantly increase safe storage practices.
(C) Developing an education and training program
on safe storage counseling and screening for health
care professionals, including pediatric primary care
and emergency room departments.
(D) Developing education and training on the
Firearms Restraining Order Act for practitioners, law
enforcement, and the general public.
(E) Focusing on suicide prevention, youth or young
adult survivors of gun violence, and families at risk
due to domestic violence.
(F) Incorporating gun buy-back opportunities in
partnership with law enforcement, community-based
organizations, and other local stakeholders.
(3) A comprehensive evaluation to measure changes in
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gun safety behaviors and the overall impact and
effectiveness of the campaign to promote safety. Metrics
to be measured include, but are not limited to, the
(A) Changes in parent behavior and perception.
(B) Media campaign metrics and digital analytics.
(C) The number of people reached through each
(D) The number of gun locks and gun safes
(E) Changes in intentional and unintentional
(c) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2026.