Kelly: FOID delays ‘absolutely unacceptable’

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle say something has to be done about the backlog of Firearm Owner Identification cards. They differ on the solution. Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly says the backlog of gun owner licenses is “absolutely unacceptable” and the department is doing what they can. State police data shows new FOID applications are taking an average of nearly 120 days, when it’s only supposed to take weeks. The backlog has, at times, exceeded 100,000. Some people who applied for their Firearm Owner Identification Card have said they have had to wait more than a year. And while expired FOID cards remain valid, under emergency rules state police filed, some dealers may not accept an expired card from someone wanting to buy a gun or ammo. Last week Kelly, the former St. Clair County State’s Attorney, said the delays are “absolutely unacceptable.” “And they can’t be tolerated,” Kelly said. “These are important legal issues. These are important public safety issues. And, we have to get to a system that is easy and simple and straightforward for the good guys and very hard for the bad guys to get a gun.” State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, said something has to be done to shore up the backlog, which is taking months longer than the law allows. “Contrary to what many people think I do respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and I think that we need to up our game and […]

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