State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) is joining the call with fellow House Republicans to end delays in FOID card processing and address fund sweeps of $28 million from the Illinois State Police fund that has led to delays in processing FOID card applications and renewals.
I’m working hard to protect our 2nd amendment rights. Especially concerning is the $28 million sweep from the Illinois State Police fund causing significant delays in FOID card applications and renewals,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. As a result, law-abiding gun owners are waiting several months to exercise their constitutional rights. Illinois is 1 of 4 states to require a Firearm Owner’s Identification Card.
To address the issue, multiple House Republican members are sponsoring legislation that would reduce costs and regulations for law-abiding gun owners and protect FOID and CCL funding.
- HB 4067 would repeal the FOID Act
- HB 4391 would ban local government units from imposing taxes or fees on firearms and ammunition.
- HB 4392 would eliminate the 72-hour waiting period for individuals that have been granted a valid license to carry a concealed handgun under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act.
- HB 4393 would lower the fee to obtain a concealed carry license from $150 to $100.
- HB 4397 grants exclusive power to the State of Illinois in regard to the regulation of the ownership and possession of firearms and invalidates existing and future local ordinances or resolutions that require local registration, or local reporting of the sale or transfer of a firearm, and bans municipalities from maintaining any kind of firearm registry.
- HB 4398 allows any individual that has received a permit to conceal carry a firearm to do so on public transportation.
- HB 4447 states that any renewal application shall be accepted by the Illinois State Police if submitted within 180 days before the expiration of the applicant’s FOID card or concealed carry license.
- HB 4448 would require the Illinois State Police to automatically renew any concealed carry license holder’s FOID card as long as their conceal carry license is in good standing until the time that the concealed carry license expires.
- HB 4450 spells out the process by which any appeal of the denial of a FOID card or concealed carry license must be handled and provides specific guidelines for the State Police in regard to the time it takes to process any such appeal.
- HJRCA 40 would amend the Illinois Constitution to place fees collected from FOID and CCL applicants in a ‘lock box’ fund that would be protected from future fund sweeps.