Pritzker signs FOID update while others call for law to be scrapped

Pritzker signs FOID update while others call for law to be scrapped

A new state law brings about a variety of changes to Illinois’ Firearm Owner’s Identification card law, including making fingerprints optional, requiring background checks for private transfers, and combining the FOID with the Concealed Carry License. In Aurora, the scene of a mass shooting in 2019 where someone with a revoked FOID card shot and killed several people at a workplace, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 562. After signing the measure Monday, Pritzker said the new law is a small step forward for more gun safety. “I wouldn’t look at this as the end of a process, but nonetheless a beginning of a process to make sure that we are keeping illegal guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” Pritzker said. Gun control advocates praised the signing of the bill, though before the measure passed they pushed for more stringent requirements for FOID applicants, like mandating fingerprints. “Today our coalition delivered, organizing to ensure Governor Pritzker and legislators from both parties could take a major step forward in reducing the gun violence that plagues Illinois every day, in particular our Black and Brown communities,” said a statement from Kathleen Sances, President of Gun Violence Prevention PAC Illinois. State Rep. Adam Niemerg, one of 40 lawmakers in the House that voted against the bill, said it’s not going to stop criminals getting guns but will further burden legal gun owners from exercising the Second Amendment rights. “We’re on an island here in the state of […]

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