Illionois considers fingerprinting gun owners
20 February 2020 17:33 GMT

Illinois State Police director  Brendan Kelly said this week that lawmakers should mandate the fingerprinting of Firearm Owner Identification Card applicants.

During a news conference, he announced support for Senate Bill 1966, a measure that would increase FOID card fees and mandate fingerprinting of applicants.

The House passed the bill in May, but a Senate measure to agree with that final language stalled before a vote. It remains in the Senate assignments committee but could be taken up this legislative session.

Under the bill, sponsored in the House by Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, new applications for FOID cards and renewals — which would be required every five years — would cost $20, up from the current cost of $10. The fees would fund law enforcement revocation efforts for those not legally allowed to own FOID cards or guns.   

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