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(20 ILCS 2310/2310-542)
(This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
Safe gun storage public awareness campaign.
(a) Subject to appropriation, 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 phases:
(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 Authority trains, bus stops, billboards, digital or social media campaigns, radio, and other public education and outreach.
(2) A gun lock and gun safe distribution campaign and
gun buy-back programs. This phase shall require the following:
(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
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 following:
(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.
(Source: P.A. 102-1067, eff. 1-1-23.)