On May 29th, the Illinois state House of Representatives voted 62-52 to pass Senate Bill 1966. With 5,095 witness slips submitted as OPPONENTS, and 772 submitted as PROPONENTS for SB-1966 (House Amendment 3) this was clearly a vote passed completely disregarding the public will.
The amended version has been sent back to the state Senate for further consideration. Among other things, they would increase the fees and also impose a mandatory fingerprinting requirement for both new FOID and renewal applications. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE SB 1966.
- Criminalize private transfers, with violations being punished as a Class 4 felony.
- Require the recipient of a firearm gifted by a family member to call into Illinois State Police within 60 days to run a background check on themselves, even though they must already hold a FOID.
- Mandate FOID applicants submit fingerprints, including for renewals, which would not add anything of investigative value.
- Increase FOID processing time from one calendar month to thirty business days, which can span more than six weeks.
- Reduce the duration of the FOID from ten years to five while also increasing the application fee from $10 to $20, resulting in a significant increase in the cost to maintain a FOID for the same amount of time.
- Require FOID applicants pay all costs for fingerprinting and processing the background check, totaling around $150 on top of the application fee.
- Prohibit those with a revoked FOID from transferring firearms to someone in the same household, which would create confusion in determining the owner of the firearms and would take away the right to self-defense from individuals due to the alleged actions of someone else in their household.
- Require the owner of the seized firearms to petition the court to have them transferred to a third party.