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Future of Illinois’ FOID Cards in Question Amid Persistent Backlogs

MT. VERNON – With a proposal in the U.S. Congress to require people to get a license from the government to buy a firearm, some are pointing to Illinois’ Firearm Owner Identification Card law as obsolete.

Clint Taylor is a firearms instructor in southern Illinois and a former Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office in Jefferson County. Taylor says with such a large backlog of applications and renewals, this may be a good time to do away with the FOID card altogether.

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly said they need authority from the Illinois state legislature to “untangle and integrate” Illinois’ gun owner licensing laws. There are competing proposals expected at the statehouse dealing with Illinois laws in different ways.

Illinois is one of four states that require residents to get some sort of permission from state regulators in advance of owning firearms.