ISP director calls for passage of bill to fingerprint gun owners

ISP director calls for passage of bill to fingerprint gun owners

Doug Finke State Capitol Bureau @DougFinkeSJR Feb 13, 2020 at 8:15 PM Fingerprinting gun owners in Illinois would help keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly said Thursday. That’s why, Kelly said, the Illinois Senate should give final approval to Senate Bill 1966 that includes a provision that a person applying for or renewing a Firearm Owners Identification Card must submit a set of fingerprints. “Compliance with FOID laws does not always result in criminal charges,” Kelly said. “The goal is to keep guns out of the hands of people prohibited from having them.” Kelly spoke as the state neared the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora. Six people were killed in the shooting, including the shooter. Six others were wounded. It was later discovered the killer had obtained a FOID card by lying about his criminal background. With the FOID card, he was able to purchase a gun. Kelly said there are over seven million records in the country that should keep someone from owning a gun. However, they are not readily available, he said. Gun rights groups have complained that gun owners should not have to submit fingerprints in order to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Kelly said the issue for law enforcement is how to ensure criminals don’t get access to firearms. “The answer is, if you want to be sure of that, then we need to have […]

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