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Articles on Firearms

Penalties enhanced for unlawful discharge or sale of firearms near schools; PA 91-12 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 According to 720 ILCS 5/24-1.2, "aggravated discharge of a firearm'' is, inter alia, firing a gun at a person, or into a building or vehicle when the shooter knows it is occupied.
Providing certain minors with access to firearms is a misdemeanor; PA 91-18 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 PA 91-18 will penalize a person who knowingly leaves a firearm where a minor under 14 years of age can access it if the minor later causes death or serious bodily harm with it.
School officials must report armed persons on school grounds; PA 91-11 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 According to PA 91-11, a school official must notify the school principal if he/she observes a "person in possession of a firearm on school grounds.''
School shooters excluded from juvenile court jurisdiction ; P.A. 91-15 August 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 406 The Juvenile Court Act, 705 ILCS 405/1 et seq, attempts to best serve the safety and ``welfare of [an accused minor] and the best interests of the community'' by shielding the minor from the full force and application of the Illinois Criminal Code.
Correspondence from Our Readers May 1999 Column, Page 234 Single-subject rule: falling on the sword of Damocles?
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath March 1999 Column, Page 126 The "Frye plus reliability'' standard.