Some want to abolish delay-plagued gun license law; others want to modernize it

Some want to abolish delay-plagued gun license law; others want to modernize it

Getty Images Michael Dunning | Getty Images State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle say something has to be done about the backlog of Firearm Owner Identification card applications awaiting approval. What they differ on is the solution. Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly says the backlog of gun owner licenses applications is “absolutely unacceptable” and the department is doing what it can. State police data show new FOID applications are taking an average of nearly 120 days to process, when it’s only supposed to take weeks. The backlog has, at times, exceeded 100,000 applications. Some people who applied for their Firearm Owner Identification Card have said they have had to wait more than a year. And while expired FOID cards remain valid under emergency rules state police filed, some dealers may not accept an expired card from someone wanting to buy a gun or ammunition. Kelly said the delays are “absolutely unacceptable.” “And they can’t be tolerated,” Kelly said. “These are important legal issues. These are important public safety issues. And we have to get to a system that is easy and simple and straightforward for the good guys and very hard for the bad guys to get a gun.” State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, said something has to be done to shore up the backlog, which is taking months longer than the law allows. “Contrary to what many people think I do respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and I think that we need to […]

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