Davidsmeyer battling FOID fingerprint bill

Davidsmeyer battling FOID fingerprint bill

Gun Rights

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police officials said Thursday that they’ve stepped up enforcement efforts in the past year to get guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them after a deadly workplace shooting, but they need more resources to do the job. The state’s top law enforcement official, Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly, also called on state lawmakers to pass a controversial bill that would require people who want to get a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card to submit fingerprints. In Illinois, a FOID card is required to legally buy firearms and ammunition. The bill is in response to a 2019 mass shooting. Error 0: State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, called Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly’s plan to an overreach and violation of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. “Director Kelly is pushing legislation that will require all legal gun owners in Illinois to give their fingerprints to the state police when requesting or renewing their FOID card,” said Davidsmeyer, Assistant Republican Leader in the Illinois House of Representatives. “This is a continued attack on law-abiding gun owners and it puts undue financial burden on many citizens just trying to protect their families.” On Feb. 15, 2019, a man shot and killed five co-workers at a warehouse in Aurora before he was killed by police. Illinois State Police said the shooter, Gary Martin, bought a gun in 2014 with a valid Firearm Owners Identification card. Martin had a prior conviction in another state […]

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