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House approves FOID fix, red flag law expansion

Thursday, Jun 17, 2021

* Rick Pearson at the Tribune

The Illinois House on Wednesday gave final approval to a comprehensive gun safety measure aimed at modernizing Illinois’ 53-year-old firearms owner’s identification card law while also requiring background checks on private sales of firearms.

The bill passed by a 75-40 vote, but a procedural hold was placed on the measure to prevent it from going directly to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. Supporters said they expected the hold to be lifted quickly.

The action comes almost two weeks after the Senate gave its backing on a 40-17 vote, and follows constituent complaints about delays in getting a FOID card or having it renewed amid an flood of applications to Illinois State Police, which has been swamped trying to process the numerous requests.

The bill provides additional money the state police for dealing with FOID and concealed carry applications, and seeks to boost efforts by law enforcement to take away firearms from people who have had their FOID cards revoked, including from those who are deemed to be a threat to themselves or the public.

Click here for dot points from the Illinois State Rifle Association, which was neutral on the bill.

* Jerry Nowicki at Capitol News Illinois

During floor debate, Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, said he had issues with some of the language in the bill, but he would vote for it because of its increased enforcement mechanisms. Wheeler said he had family connections to two people killed in the Aurora Shooting at the Henry Pratt Company warehouse.

“And just so it’s clear to everyone, that (shooter) had his FOID card revoked, almost five years before that horrible incident occurred. Five years before the shooting, but law enforcement had no tools to be able to recover that (gun),” he said.

Trevor Wehner, who was killed in the shooting on his very first day as an intern, Wheeler said, was the son of his high school classmate, Tom Wehner. Wheeler said he voted for the bill per Tom Whener’s request.

“There are a lot of things in this bill that I don’t love, that I don’t think are going to work the way they may be intended,” Wheeler said. “And I commit to all my friends in the (Second Amendment) community that we will work on getting those corrected before this bill takes effect… But this bill gives law enforcement the actual chance that necessary tools to prevent another tragedy.”

* By Kevin Bessler at The Center Square

Backing off mandatory fingerprinting, which will be voluntary, was a key to compromise with gun rights groups like the Illinois State Rifle Association.

State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, R-Elmhurst, said the bill is incomplete and will end up in the Supreme Court.

“It is not going to fix the outstanding problems that people are experiencing when it comes to actually getting their FOID cards,” Mazzochi said. “It is also not doing anything to increase the penalties on individuals who are arrested for gun crimes without a FOID card.”

State Rep. Andrew Chesney, R-Freeport, said Illinois should do away with FOID cards.

* Hannah Meisel wrote a good piece on the FOID bill before the House took it up yesterday and I neglected to post it. She included info about another bill that also passed yesterday

And another piece of legislation that aims to improve on Illinois’ so-called “red flag” law appears poised to see a vote on Wednesday. The firearms restraining order law — a measure Willis passed three years ago — allows loved ones to petition a judge to issue a temporary restraining order to take firearms from those who post a danger to themselves or others.

Freshman State Rep. Denyse Wang Stoneback (D-Skokie) already passed her legislation that would expand the law to also take away a person’s ammunition and other “firearm parts” in addition to guns and aims to speed up the process by which those items are confiscated after a restraining order is granted.

Additionally, that bill mandates the creation of law enforcement training curriculum on how to use the restraining orders and also asks the State Police to develop a public awareness campaign around the red flag law, as Stoneback says it’s currently underutilized.

The Senate, however, made minor amendments, and the House looks ready to concur with those changes Wednesday.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Seats - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 8:51 am:

    Any clarification on the part quoted below? My FOID card is Foid for 10 years while my CCL is only 5, will they extend the CCL to the 10 years allowed or make the foid expire sooner?

    The bill also authorizes ISP to produce an electronic FOID and Concealed Carry License, allows the agency to provide a single card for FOID and CCL, and would update FOID and CCL renewal dates to be the same for one cardholder

  2. - TheInvisibleMan - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 8:51 am:

    === Wheeler said he had family connections to two people killed in the Aurora Shooting ===

    It’s a terribly sad situation we find ourselves in when a majority of republicans can only break out of their bubble when an event impacts them directly.

  3. - We've never had one before - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 9:06 am:

    Poke the bear. Denyse is coming back for as much as she can get.

  4. - Shield - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 9:07 am:

    - Seats - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 8:51 am:

    Page 75 and 80. If the FOID expires during the term of a CCL, the FOID is extended to the duration of the CCL. For people with CCL and FOID, ISP is also supposed to develop a single card (102).

  5. - Amalia - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 9:28 am:

    great progress.

  6. - Seats - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 9:42 am:

    Thank you Shields

  7. - dan l - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 9:53 am:

    Page 75 and 80. If the FOID expires during the term of a CCL, the FOID is extended to the duration of the CCL. For people with CCL and FOID, ISP is also supposed to develop a single card (102).

    Which is awesome and I assume eliminates administrative burden for both ISP and the card holders.

  8. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 10:58 am:

    “Click here for dot points”


    – MrJM

  9. - thisjustinagain - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 11:12 am:

    To MrJM: “Bullet points”. There, I said it. :)

  10. - We've never had one before - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 11:44 am:

    Where did the bullet points come from? Some letterhead or copyright, or footer or something would seem appropriate, no?

  11. - Blue Dog - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 12:13 pm:

    Bullets? Where can I find some? Any.

  12. - anon - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 12:29 pm:

    “Where did the bullet points come from? Some letterhead or copyright, or footer or something would seem appropriate, no?”

    I believe Rich said the dot points in the embedded link came from ISRA.

  13. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 12:44 pm:

    ===Where did the bullet points come from?===

    Can you not read?

  14. - RNUG - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 1:11 pm:

    I just read the highlights and bullet points as opposed to the entire bill language.

    One thing that has stuck out for me in discussions of both the State maintained database and at the Federal level is that a number of shooting incidents might have been prevented IF the proper data from local LE and the courts had been entered, or entered in a more timely fashion. Did anything in the bill address that issue?

  15. - DuPage - Thursday, Jun 17, 21 @ 3:09 pm:

    Federal law is “felon carrying a gun = 8 years in federal prison”. If the felons caught by Chicago police with a gun were actually sent away to prison, it would lower the gun deaths significantly. Lawmakers should push for enforcement.

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