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ISP reports some progress, but at this rate it’ll take another 25 years to clear the backlog

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019

* Tribune

Illinois State Police said more than 200 people who lost their gun licenses were brought into compliance with state law this summer, months after a gunman who had lost his license but kept his weapon opened fire in an Aurora warehouse and killed five employees.

Between May and July, state police working with local law enforcement agencies brought into compliance 256 people whose gun licenses had been revoked, requiring them to surrender their permits and complete paperwork accounting for their weapons, the agency said in a news release Wednesday. It highlighted a series of steps it has taken to boost enforcement of revoked Firearm Owner’s Identification cards, including designating officers to prioritize people who should be subject to further enforcement. […]

In a May investigation, the Chicago Tribune and The Beacon-News found nearly 27,000 Illinois residents over the past four years had failed to inform authorities what they did with their weapons after state police revoked their gun licenses.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

15 Comments »
  1. - Get a Job - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 3:34 pm:

    Isn’t this the same agency who is expected to license and monitor firearm dealers? I’m sure they’ll do a bang up job though.


  2. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 3:36 pm:

    ” 27,000 Illinois residents over the past four years had failed to inform authorities what they did with their weapons after state police revoked their gun license”

    Many folks have a FOID but no firearms. If you want to go to the range you need a FOID - if your spouse is a firearm owner it is a good idea to have FOID- if your an occasional hunter you need a FOID …..


  3. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 3:40 pm:

    ===Many folks have a FOID but no firearms===

    Define “many.”


  4. - FreeCake - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 3:41 pm:

    I’m curious as to how many of that 27k were people that moved out of state and no longer eligible to possess their FOID…


  5. - Anyone Remember - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    The Hollowing out of Illinois State Government Chapter X,XXX …


  6. - thoughts matter - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    Donnie
    I’m not getting your point. People don’t have to own a gun to haves FOID card, that is true. But most of those non gun owning FOID cards are probably not REVOKED. So most of the 27,000 revoked FOID cards belong to actual gun owners.

    Now FreeCakes point makes sense to me as moving out of state is a reason for revocation. I hope they aren’t doing anything untoward toward toward those people. However- that was the reason for revocation listed for the Tennessee shooter who shouldn’t have had his guns even though he moved out of Illinois.


  7. - FFS - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 4:24 pm:

    ==I hope they aren’t doing anything untoward toward toward those people. ==

    If they moved out of State there’s arguably no real authority to do anything to them.


  8. - Bruce (no not him) - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 4:42 pm:

    Define “many.”
    I cant speak for “many” but I know of a few. My wife is one, she has a FOID because I may have her pick up ammunition, or there may be a shotgun in the trunk of her car while I’m not there.


  9. - Winderweezle - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 5:24 pm:

    I might have posted a few months ago how hiring 4-500 retired isp officers to work on all of the firearm mandates was the only hope of this actually happening……

    Folks, there is no way isp can handle all of their duties with the manpower they have. Hollowed out indeed.


  10. - Leave a light on George - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 6:14 pm:

    I moved out of state. My FOID didn’t get revoked. It just expired. I didn’t renew it. No need for ISP to chase after me at my new residence, which by the way is very friendly to gun owners.


  11. - RNUG - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 7:26 pm:

    == if your spouse is a firearm owner it is a good idea to have FOID ==

    Mrs RNUG doesn’t own any firearms (I have enough for both of us) but she has a FOID.

    Why? Multiple reasons. She equally owns the home where the gun safe resides, so that way there is no question about illegal possession. A second reason is so she could legally be in possession of my firearms and ammunition should I pass away first. Third, if I should leave a cased firearm in a vehicle (I don’t but you never know), she would be covered. Fourth, with staggered renewal dates, we can be sure at least one of us always has a valid FOID.


  12. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 8:07 pm:

    RNUG at 7:26:
    Another good reason for her to have a FOID, is that if, God Forbid, she should have to use a firearm to defend herself, who knows if not having a valid FOID could be used against her in a legal sense. Tinfoil hat, perhaps, but personally, I don’t trust the anti-gunners in Illinois to do the right thing, better to cover the bases yourself.


  13. - Bonzai Ernest - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 8:13 pm:

    ===I moved out of state. My FOID didn’t get revoked. It just expired. I didn’t renew it. No need for ISP to chase after me at my new residence=== Ive read of more than a few that, at least early on, received revoked notices after moving and a threat of warrant being filed if FOID not turned in to local LE.


  14. - Chicago Gunowner - Wednesday, Aug 28, 19 @ 9:02 pm:

    One of the most common reasons for a revoked FOID is becoming a resident of another state, which ISP discovers when they get a driver’s license in their new state. It doesn’t mean they’re suddenly a danger to society.


  15. - the Patriot - Thursday, Aug 29, 19 @ 8:43 am:

    One of Madigan’s legacies will be buying votes with legislation, but being such a poor budgeter we rarely properly fund them.

    Few rational people really object to reasonable checks on who does and does not own a guy, but the legislature(Madigan) buys votes passing a bill, then refuses to dedicate the funds.

    Social programs, schools, guns, it is the consistency of Madigan’s legacy. Great at passing bills to get votes, terrible at backing the bills up with the resources to make them work.


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