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A group of Republican lawmakers is criticizing the state for failing to process FOID card renewals in a timely manner.

The Illinois State Police is supporting legislation that would fingerprint applicants for the Firearm Owners Identification card.

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A bill in the State Senate aims to keep people with violent criminal histories from obtaining firearms.

State Senator Julie Morrison is sponsoring the legislation, which is part of Senate Bill 1966. She said a key aspect is closing gaps in the process of getting a Firearm Owners Identification, or FOID, card. 

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The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could determine whether a person convicted of battery can still own a gun.

The plaintiff is Shawna Johnson, a southern Illinois woman, who had her Firearm Owner I-D -- or FOID -- card revoked by the state police, and she’s suing to get it back.

Fingerprinting For FOID Cards Clears IL House

May 30, 2019

People who want to legally own a firearm in Illinois would have to submit fingerprints under legislation approved Wednesday in the state House of Representatives.

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Democratic State Senator Julie Morrison is optimistic about the passage of a bill that would reform how the state handles Firearm Owner Identification Cards.

Should Illinois Gun Owners Be Fingerprinted?

May 22, 2019
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Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to overhaul the application process for Firearm Owner’s Identification cards.

The plan would require legal gun owners to submit fingerprints at their own cost and create a database for law enforcement to see whose FOID cards have been revoked or suspended.

It comes after a man shot and killed five former coworkers and wounded responding police earlier this year in Aurora. It later came out his FOID card had already been revoked, but the state police never made sure he got rid of his guns.

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The issue of gun ownership has returned to the forefront after mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music festival in October and in a Texas church last month. Most of the concerns revolve around restrictions on gun purchases and who can own what type of weapon.

Things could get a little murky from a legal standpoint if you happen to inherit a gun from a loved one. In This week’s Friday Forum, we look at the case of a Rockford woman who found herself in such a situation.

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Some studies suggest that cruelty to animals is a precursor to other violent crime, specifically involving people. The most recent example: the Sutherland Springs, TX, shooter who claimed to buy animals online for “target practice” prior to killing 26 people in a church.

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A new law that goes into effect in January is intended to prevent access to firearms for residents whose license to own a gun in the state has been revoked.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, says the law will help the state police let local law enforcement officials know when someone's Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card has been rescinded because there is an order of protection against them.

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The state of Illinois has taken another step toward regulating who may get a concealed-carry permit. The Department of Human Services has created an on-line database for mental health professionals to report people who pose a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others.

60-Day Wait For FOID Card

Mar 27, 2013
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Illinois officials say there is a two month wait for a Firearm Owner's Identification card. More than 70,000 FOID card applications have been received so far this month. That's on-track to be a program record.

A recent audit says Illinois' gun owner registration program creates public safety issues.  But Republican Representative Jim Durkin doesn't expect the legislature to intervene anytime soon. 

State Audit Finds Problems with FOID Program

Apr 6, 2012
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Illinois' Firearm Owners Identification program has a heap of problems. That's according to an audit released this week. The state Auditor General says some of those problems put public safety at risk. The report says too often state police don't know when they grant FOID cards if the applicant has a disqualifying mental health condition. The audit also found 70% of revoked registration cards never get back to police. The Illinois State Police says the number of requests for FOID cards has steadily increased over the past few years, but its resources are limited.