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Updated FOID law improves firearm ownership process


Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 6:51 PM CST
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MORTON (25 NEWS) - A new Illinois law in effect January 1 this year is meant to make it easier for Illinois residents who own a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card and a concealed carry license. But for some gun store owners, it’s still too much.

The ‘FOID Modernization Bill’ introduces changes like getting your cards combined if you have a concealed carry permit, expanded background checks, and more data resources for Illinois State Police. It comes after years of backlog for FOID applications, especially during the pandemic. Peoria Sen. Dave Koehler sponsored the measure.

“This is really designed to focus on the 99% of people who are law-abiding gun owners,” Koehler says, “and we should not put them through unnecessary pain and suffering to try and get a renewal of their FOID card.”

Not everyone is on board with the concept of FOID, though. Kevin Moody owns KAM Shooting Sports in Morton. While he thinks gun owners will have an easier time consolidating their FOID and concealed carry licenses, he thinks paying for the license to own a firearm is wrong to begin with.

“I don’t know anybody that owns a FOID card in Illinois that agrees with it. Most of them think it’s unconstitutional, as do I,” says Moody. “You shouldn’t have to pay for a right, you shouldn’t have apply for a license for a right. It’s a way for the state of Illinois to sell your rights back to you.”

You can apply for a FOID card on the official Illinois State Police website: IL Firearm Applicant Portal (ispfsb.com)

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