Proposal would require fingerprints from those wanting gun permits in Illinois

Proposal would require fingerprints from those wanting gun permits in Illinois

Gun Rights

Kathleen Sances, right, president and CEO of Gun Violence Prevention Political Action Committee, speaks in front of the Thompson Center on April 9, 2019. G-PAC introduced the Fix the FOID Act (HB 96), a new legislation addressing loopholes in the existing gun licensing system. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune) Michael Arquero, who had a concealed carry license, was described by friends as “a good guy with a gun” after he shot and killed a man, according to police, while attempting to protect other patrons during a 2016 drive-by shooting at a Humboldt Park taco stand. But those friends had no idea he was a former gang member who had legally changed his name to start a new life as an EMT . Gary Martin killed five co-workers and wounded five police officers with a fraudulently obtained gun he took to work at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora on Feb. 15. Both men were able to purchase weapons with a firearm owner’s identification (FOID) card issued by the Illinois State Police. Both had applied for a concealed carry license (CCL). The fact that each lied on his application by denying having committed a felony was not discovered until after they had shot and killed someone. The difference in their cases came down to fingerprints: Arquero realized it was optional to submit fingerprints for his CCL. He didn’t and was granted a CCL; Martin opted for the expedited CCL and submitted fingerprints, which is when authorities discovered the felony in his […]

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