Scott Reeder | What’s the hold-up on FOID-card approvals?

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,” said state Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield. 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 be […]

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