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ISP claims huge FOID application backlog reduction

Monday, Dec 6, 2021

* Press release…

After implementation of a streamlined process for FOID renewals and the hiring of additional Firearms Eligibility Analyst Trainees, the Illinois State Police (ISP) would like to announce great progress in the processing of FOID renewals.

The ISP Firearms Services Bureau is currently processing FOID renewal applications in 38 calendar days. Statutory mandate requires FOID renewal applications to be processed within 60 business days. The FOID renewal backlog reached 138,722 in November 2020, 28,648 in September 2021, and is currently down to 7,800.

“The Illinois State Police Firearms Services Bureau is committed to a firearms background check system focused on safety, not bureaucracy. We want to make it easy on the good guys and hard on the bad guys. We continue to improve our workflow and these updated numbers show we are definitely headed in the right direction” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - Amalia - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 9:03 am:

    background reduction good. more guns….good?


  2. - NIU Grad - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 9:07 am:

    “the hiring of”

    Who would have guessed that you actually have to spend money to fix a problem in government, and not just complain about it?

    Wild.


  3. - Jocko - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 9:24 am:

    Good on ISP (exclamation point)

    As for the FOID, it’s better than nothing…which appears to be the case for 46 states (including Michigan).


  4. - Donnie Elgin - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 9:47 am:

    “FOID renewal applications in 38 calendar days”

    While the renewals are moving in the right direction. The New FOID application average processing time is still over 120 days - statute calls for 30 days.

    https://isp.illinois.gov/Foid


  5. - Ruralstuff - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 10:06 am:

    Now if they could whittle down that backlog of concealed carry renewals. 10 months and counting currently.


  6. - JS Mill - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 10:31 am:

    =statute calls for 30 days.=

    I have had a FOID for something like 35 years and a CCL since the laws were changed. For the entire time I have had my FOID I have never had a renewal, or the original, approved in 30 days or less. 6 weeks was the best I ever had. 3 months for the last renewal and a year for my sons initial FOID seem pretty ridiculous, but 30 days has never happened.


  7. - Chambananon - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 10:40 am:

    It’s almost like the State needs to actually have sufficient numbers of State employees to function properly… /s


  8. - Anon - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 10:45 am:

    Did anybody check this weeks Audit Commission agenda? This release wouldn’t have anything to do with that would it?


  9. - Mason born - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 10:48 am:

    It’s a start, and with the NYSRPA case at the Supremes, probably wise to minimize the inconvenience of getting/keeping a foid.


  10. - Fav Human - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 11:13 am:

    I had mine renewed in less than 30 days last Sept.


  11. - Donnie Elgin - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 11:51 am:

    “It’s a start, and with the NYSRPA case at the Supremes”

    Of more importance to IL residents is the Vivian Brown Case. The case is awaiting Illinois Supreme court argument - after a circuit court in White County dismissed her charges and found that as applied to the facts of the case requiring a FOID card was unconstitutional.


  12. - thisjustinagain - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 12:53 pm:

    Uh, I beg to differ with the 38 days for renewals. I filed my renewal application on Sept. 11, 2021. As of today, December 6, my 38 days passed a long time ago. The applicant portal shows it was issued today. So no matter what, it took over 60 days.


  13. - Mason born - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 1:35 pm:

    Donnie

    Fair enough, my point is more if the court is going to start looking skeptically at roadblocks governments put up to the exercise of a constitutional right. Having a permission card that takes 9 mo to issue not the 60 days of statute seems to be a loser.

    I’m not sure the FOID does much except as backdoor universal background check, but the State seems wedded to it.


  14. - JS Mill - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 4:00 pm:

    =if the court is going to start looking skeptically at roadblocks governments put up to the exercise of a constitutional right. Having a permission card that takes 9 mo to issue not the 60 days of statute seems to be a loser.=

    The court has recognized limitations on pretty much every constitutional right since forever. That is why you don’t get to own an operational tank. I doubt they would bat an eye at 60-90 days for a FOID card. Since they have not so far.


  15. - Anyone Remember - Monday, Dec 6, 21 @ 6:09 pm:

    ===Having a permission card that takes 9 mo to issue not the 60 days of statute seems to be a loser.===

    If lack of funding / administrative ability to be timely is going to be the new standard, every state will have lots of programs invalidated by the Supremes.


  16. - bob - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 5:57 am:

    Everyone who has had a FOID card from the beginning must renew it right now.That is a huge amount of people.Personally I have been trying for six months to renew my card.Grandiose proclamations to the contrary the powers to be should have realized this was coming.Process the applications instead of telling me what you did.


  17. - JDuc - Tuesday, Dec 7, 21 @ 8:17 am:

    Took 5 days short of 17 months to get my CCL renewal. I got my FOID renewal, while still waiting for my CCL renewal, within 45 days.


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