JEFFERSON COUNTY – With a proposal in the U.S. Congress to require citizen’s 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, a firearms instructor in southern Illinois and a former Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office in Jefferson County, said with such a large backlog of applications and renewals, now 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 manners.
Illinois is one of four states that require residents to get permission from state regulators in advance of owning firearms.