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Lawmaker seeks to increase vetting of mental health history on FOID card applications

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

An Illinois state senator is seeking to increase vetting of the mental health history of Firearm Owners Identification Card applicants. 

Currently, people who have been a patient in a mental health care facility in the last five years are ineligible to receive a FOID card to carry a firearm. House Bill 4855, sponsored by State Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago), would expand the definition of patient to include people placed in a mental health care facility against their will, but ultimately not court-ordered. 

“We want to make sure we’re not handing out FOID cards to individuals who are a potential threat to public safety,” Munoz said. “And we want to make sure the Illinois State Police have the proper information to evaluate these applications.”

If passed, the legislation would also change the ISP's requirement to approve or deny FOID card renewals within a 30-day period to a 60-day period, and allow for the suspension of a person's FOID card if it is subject to revocation for a reason that isn't grounds for a permanent revocation. 

The bill is heading to the full Senate for consideration. 

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