Bill would remove FOID card requirement in Illinois

Bill would remove FOID card requirement in Illinois

A person holding a gun (WICS) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — A new bill could eliminate the requirement of the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card in Illinois. House Bill 1770 was filed in the Illinois House earlier this month. Rep. Andrew Chesney, R- Freeport, who is behind the legislation, said it’s time for this practice to end. "My solution would be to scrap it, because most states aren’t doing it anyway," Chesney said. "We have 46 states who are saying ‘this isn’t a good idea,’ so why haven’t we done this?" Currently, Illinois state law requires people to have a valid FOID card in order to buy or possess a firearm or ammunition. Groups like the Illinois State Rifle Association believe FOID cards and the entire process of getting one stops people from exercising their Second Amendment rights. “What’s happening is FOID cards are coming out so slow, both on new cards and renewals, people can’t exercise their Second Amendment rights,” said Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson. But other organizations believe getting rid of the FOID card requirement will be harmful to public safety. “We completely oppose this bill and this idea," said Kathleen Sances, President and CEO of the Gun Violence Prevention PAC. "If we get rid of the FOID cards, we have 20,000 people who would have access to guns who were not legally allowed to have one." However, Pearson, who stands on the other side, said FOID cards don’t do anything to enhance safety. […]

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