LEGISLATIVE NEWS

There are bills in the State Legislature and Congress that affect gun owners and shooting sports. When we get information on these bills, we will post it here.

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ISP Emergency Rules regarding FOID & CCL Expiration

The Illinois State Police have released emergency rules regarding the expiration of FOID cards and Concealed Carry Licenses. The full text can be found below.

FOID Card and CCL expiration dates have been extended until 12 months following the end of the disaster, provided you have submitted your renewal application.

Following the rule change, we will be accepting expired FOID Cards for firearm and ammo purchases.

If you would like to make a purchase and your FOID has expired, you will need:

  • A current Illinois State ID or Drivers License (with your current address).
  • Your expired FOID card.
  • A printout from the Illinois State Police website showing your name, address, and current FOID status.

The printout should look similar to this example:

We can help you access your ISP account and print out a copy using one of our computers.

ILLINOIS STATE POLICE DIRECTOR FILES EMERGENCY RULES REGARDING FOID AND CCL RENEWALS

Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Police filed emergency rules this week to address renewals of Firearm Owner Identification and Concealed Carry Licenses during the COVID-19 epidemic.

These rules are designed to provide FOID card holders and CCL relief from the renewal requirements during the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

These rule changes are as follows:
  • FOID card holders, who submit their renewal application will remain valid during the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation and for a period of 12 months following the termination of the disaster, even if their renewal application is/was not submitted prior to expiration.
  • CCL licensees, who submit their renewal application, will remain valid during the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation and for a period of 12 months following its termination, even if their CCL renewal application was not submitted prior to expiration.
  • CCL licensees will not be required to immediately submit proof of three-hour training with their CCL renewal application.
  • CCL licensees will need to submit proof of their three-hour renewal training within 12 months following the termination of the state’s disaster proclamation in order to maintain the validity of their CCL license.

ISP will continue to enforce both FOID and CCL prohibitors. FOID card holders who receive revocation notices shall return their FOID and Firearm Disposition Record form to the Illinois State Police. CCL holders who receive revocation notices shall return their CCL license to the Illinois State Police.

These new rules are effective immediately.

Illinois State Police Supports Fingerprints for FOID

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly this week announced support for Senate Bill 1966, a measure that would increase FOID card fees and mandate fingerprinting of new applicants. Under the bill, new applications for FOID cards, as well as renewals, would now cost $20, up from $10, and also include a fingerprinting mandate. Illinois residents however are currently experiencing delays in getting their Firearms Owners Identification Cards renewed. The stricter requirements will only add to the existing delays, due in part to a backlog from $30 million in processing fees being diverted from programs previously designed to streamline the process.

Source: NSSF Newsletter

FOID and Concealed Carry Delays

Illinois FOID card applications and renewals have been taking longer than normal, with some waiting longer than 100 days to receive their FOID. Recent reports show that there are more than 60,000 pending applications for FOID.

The Illinois State Police are looking to make improvements to their call center; however there is currently no timeline for its completion. Meanwhile, millions of dollars have been diverted from the State Police Firearm Services Fund.

Illinois residents are experiencing delays in getting their Firearms Owners Identification Cards renewed, affecting thousands, and are now learning that $30 million in funds from processing fees were diverted away from programs designed to streamline the process.

The Illinois State Police have been extremely difficult to reach for questions and assistance. If you are waiting on your FOID or Concealed Carry application and have had no success reaching out to the Illinois State Police, we suggest voicing your concerns to your Illinois Representatives. When contacting your reps, please remember to be nice and polite.

Contact your representatives:

Anna Moeller
Illinois House District 43
847.841.7130
Cristina Castro
Illinois Senate District 22
847.214.8864
JB Pritzker
Office of the Governor
217.782.6830 or 217.782.6831


IL FOID Funds Diverted, Rampant Delays Ensue


Funding sweeps cause months of delays in both FOID and Concealed Carry programs.

In the wake of anti-gun activists pushing to increase fees for both FOID and Concealed Carry licensing in IL, the Illinois State Rifle Association and State Representative Keith Wheeler worked with the Legislative Research Unit to find out where the current fees are going.

It was found that in the last 5 years alone, nearly $30 Million has been taken from these programs to cover State deficits and other projects. This has left anybody looking for a FOID or Concealed Carry card or renewal with months of delays and no help correcting problems. A large part of the population is being affected, and these delays are infringing on the ability of our law-abiding citizens to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

More information at the links below:

Illinois House Passes Senate Bill 1966

Legislative Alert

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.

House Floor Amendment 2 and House Floor Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 1966, sponsored by Representative Kathleen Willis (D-77), would:

  • 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.

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