Illinois legislators look to repeal FOID

MILAN, Ill. - Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson (R-Moline) filed legislation Thursday that would repeal the Firearm Owners Identification Act (FOID).

“The FOID Act is nearly 50 years old. Advancements in technology and changes in the law over the last 50 years have made it a redundant, unnecessary burden on the citizens of Illinois,” said Anderson.

The FOID Act was established in 1968 is response to the federal Gun Control Act of 1968. Bills in both the House and Senate have been proposed to repeal it. 

"You apply for the FOID card, it takes about 30 days to get, it only costs ten dollars, it is good for ten years," said owner of Bullseye Guns and Ammo in Milan Richard Work. "And you have to present one to even touch a firearm in a gun shop."

Work says that although the FOID card might be a hassle, it's not going to change much for him as far as the overall process.

"It's not going to change much, because if I wasn't calling the state I'd be calling the federal government, so I would be calling there just as well," said Work.

The law will not change any eligibility restrictions or conceal carry rules. It will also not change any of the background check requirements. 

This bill doesn’t expand concealed carry, or make it easier for criminals to buy guns,” said Anderson. “It is simply common-sense legislation that repeals a law that has outlived its necessity.”

As for Work, he says he is fine with it as long as the safety precautions stay in place. He says he will just roll with the punches and comply to whatever the legislature rolls out.

"I would hate to go backwards in checking out people's background," said Work. "There are people out there who do not deserve a firearm and I would like to see that something is in place, be it at the national level or the state level."


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