Year-long waits for FOID cards

Year-long waits for FOID cards

Brent Urfer is a man who follows the rules. He’s an upstanding citizen who teaches school, pays taxes and obeys the law. The Christian County man never has been convicted of any crime. Nonetheless, he was turned away when he attempted to buy ammunition from a Springfield farm supply store. Why? His Firearm Owner’s Identification, or FOID card, had expired. And although he applied for a renewal, the state was slow to process his application. “It took them one year, four months to process my FOID card and one year, two months to process my concealed carry permit,” Urfer said. The state law mandates that FOID cards be processed within 30 days. Concealed carry permits are required to be processed within 90 days if applicants submit their fingerprints or 120 days if they do not. Urfer did submit his fingerprints for expedited processing. In response to the pandemic, Gov. JB Pritzker issued an executive order indefinitely extending the expirations of gun permits – as long as an application is on file. But some stores fear assuming legal liability when selling guns or ammunition to someone whose FOID card appears to be past its expiration date. “When they refused to sell ammunition to me, I went home and printed out proof from the state police that I had applied for a renewal. I went back the next day and showed it to them. Then they were willing to sell to me,” Urfer said. An informal survey of Springfield-area lawmakers found […]

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