Lockport Lawmaker Connor Receives Award For Gun Training Bill

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LOCKPORT, IL — Illinois State Senator John Connor was honored for legislation that he introduced to prevent potentially fatal accidents by increasing training requirements for private detectives and private security guards who carry guns.

Connor (D-Lockport) accepted the James Brodie Excellence in Legislation award at the Illinois Security Professionals Association’s 60th Annual Awards and Honors Gala on Tuesday. The honor was presented by the Illinois Security Professionals Association.

"Everyone who carries a gun as part of their job should be properly trained — it helps protect them and helps protect our families and communities," Connor said in a statement released by his office on Wednesday. "I am both honored and humbled to have received this recognition, and I am proud to join the Illinois Security Professionals Association in their mission to increase professionalism, knowledge and expertise of those involved in security."

Existing law required security guards to complete 40 hours of basic training to be licensed as private security contractors. Guards employed by companies were previously able to carry weapons without completing the required training if the company they work for employs five or less armed guards.

The new law introduced by Connor requires all armed employees to complete the training and creates even more stringent training requirements for private detectives and private security contractors.

"ISPA is delighted to present Sen. Connor with this award in appreciation for his efforts to help keep our communities safe," Ernie Kuhnke, president of the Illinois Security Professionals Association, said in a news release.

via Homer Glen-Lockport, IL Patch

December 24, 2021 at 03:20PM

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