Opponents call proposed gun law to require fingerprints ‘blatantly unconstitutional’

Opponents call proposed gun law to require fingerprints ‘blatantly unconstitutional’

Gun Rights

A proposal to require those seeking an Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card to provide fingerprints is being called necessary by some and unconstitutional by others. Assistant House Majority Leader Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, said the measure she proposed in an amendment to Senate Bill 1966 would increase the fee for FOID cards to $50 for five years instead of $10 for 10 years. “We need that money to be able to have the resources to work on the revocations and to get that back taken care of,” Willis said. Willis said the measure is in response to the Aurora shooting earlier this year durng which an employee opened fire at a warehouse and killed five coworkers after he learned he was being fired. The shooter got a FOID card after lying about a previous felony conviction in another state and bought a gun after that application was approved. Illinois State Police later revoked the shooter’s FOID card in 2014 when he applied for a concealed-carry permit, which included fingerprints. Illinois State Police rejected his concealed-carry application because fingerprints with that application flagged the man’s 1995 felony conviction in Mississippi. That revocation came shortly after he bought the gun, but the man didn’t relinquish his card or gun. ISP later reported there were more than 10,000 revocations in 2018, many of which never were followed up on. “We put in stronger mandates for the courts to make sure that they are doing a check right there and make sure that if […]

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