State police grant another extension on gun permit renewals

State police grant another extension on gun permit renewals

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Police have given another 150-day extension to people whose Firearms Owners Identification cards or concealed carry licenses have expired due to a backlog in processing renewal applications. A panel of state lawmakers gave approval Tuesday to that emergency rule after state police officials assured them that the agency had made significant progress toward clearing a backlog of renewal applications. "I wouldn’t say we’re over the hump. We’re on top of it," Lt. Greg Hacker, who heads the agency’s Firearms Services Bureau, told the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. "Over the past three months, our metrics have shown us that we are starting to bend the curve in our direction." Under the emergency rule, a FOID card or concealed carry license that has expired since the start of the pandemic is still considered valid as long as the holder has applied for renewal, paid the required fees, and the card is not subject to revocation, meaning the person has not committed an offense that would otherwise disqualify them from holding the permit. Yvette Loizon, state police general counsel, said that in the month of March alone, the agency received 14,847 renewal applications, and it approved 67,847 applications, the largest number of approvals in a single month in more than a year. ISP saw a huge increase in renewal applications last year, Hacker said, in part because FOID cards are issued on 10-year renewal cycles and the 2019-20 period marked the end of the program’s first […]

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