Scott Reeder: FOID card delay cuts off constitutional right

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois is one of only four states that require a license to own a firearm, but the state is routinely failing to process applications and renewals in a timely manner. “I have constituents who have waited more than a year to get a FOID card. That is denying them a basic constitutional right,” state Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, said. Twelve years ago, in Heller vs. District of Columbia the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as a right to own firearms. Liberals hate this decision almost as much as conservatives hate Roe vs. Wade. “How would a woman feel if she were told she had to wait five or six months to exercise her constitutional right to an abortion?” said Todd Vandermyde, a lobbyist for licensed gun dealers in Illinois. “That’s what’s happening with our constitutional right to bear arms. A woman may be the victim of abuse and wants to buy a gun to protect herself but she may have to wait months and months to get a FOID card before she can even buy a gun.” A Firearm Owners Identification, or FOID card, must be presented when purchasing guns and ammunition. And it is a requirement for possessing a firearm. The average wait time for new FOID card applicants is 122 days according to the Illinois State Police. If you are an otherwise legal gun owner and are arrested for possessing a firearm without a valid FOID card, you could […]

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