Invoice Requiring Fingerprints for FOID Card Advances at Illinois Home | Illinois
(The Center Square) – One move moving forward at the statehouse would require the Illinois people to file fingerprints to obtain ID for the gun owner and increase costs, among other things.
House Floor Change 1 to House bill 1091 This would bring many changes, including efforts by proponents to modernize the state’s FOID and Concealed Carry License system.
There are currently tens of thousands of backlogs from people who paid to have their application processed but are waiting months longer than the law allows. The system faces multiple lawsuits in state and federal courts.
Ed Sullivan of the Illinois State Rifle Association said that while they support better firearm disposal policies to obtain guns from banned individuals whose FOID cards have been revoked, they do not support the proposal to allow fingerprints for individuals to exercise constitutional rights desire.
“There have been over 4,000 gun and injury-related shootings in Chicago. How will fingerprinting affect this problem,” Sullivan said. “How do we solve gun violence problems by asking people who don’t have a FOID card, who don’t obey the law, and who pledge to do so?”
Sullivan also said the proposal increases the cost of a FOID by as much as fourteen hundred percent when factoring in fingerprint costs and increased FOID fees.
“A family of four wanting to get their FOID cards, how can they afford it?” Sullivan asked. “You literally make it impossible for people to have a constitutional right because of these fees.”
Brendan Kelly, Illinois State Police Director, did not advocate increasing the fee from $ 10 for a ten-year card to $ 20 for a five-year card.
Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, sponsored the bill and said she was open to changing other aspects of her proposal when it comes to the Senate, like removing the proposal to increase fees.
“But I think that [background checks for] Personal sales and fingerprinting are critical to this card, ”Willis said.
Illinois Federal Firearms Licensees Todd Vandermyde said the proposed advanced background check system would force people of Chicago out of the city limits to find an FFL dealer who can facilitate the transfer. He called the measure a “Jim Crow Act”.
“We would not accept this with votes, we should not accept this with our constitutional rights,” said Vandermyde.
Committee chairman Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, cautioned Vandermyde for the comment, saying the legislation was not comparable to Jim Crow’s laws that enforced segregation in the south until the 1960s.
Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, said he had problems with the measure.
“I have serious concerns about overhauling this system amid the pandemic,” Zalewski said. “I think we run the very risk of people giving up on the system and not doing what we ask them to do.”
The committee transferred the measure to the floor of the house.
Illinois is the only one Status in the region where residents need a state-issued gun permit in order to be able to buy or possess firearms and ammunition.