Anderson Files Legislation to Repeal FOID Card
SPRINGFIELD- State Sen. Neil Anderson (Moline) filed legislation on Feb. 9 to repeal the outdated and redundant Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Act.
“The FOID Act is nearly 50 years old. Advancements in technology and changes in the law over the last 50 years have made it a redundant, unnecessary burden on the citizens of Illinois,” said Anderson.
The FOID Act dates back to 1968 and was created as a way to identify people who were eligible to own firearms and ammunition. It was part of a public-safety initiative in Illinois designed to meet the requirements of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968.
A lot has changed since 1968, and thanks to instant background checks and web-based criminal databases operated by law enforcement, the requirements set out in the FOID Act have become outdated.
Today, Illinois is the only state in the nation that requires such a permit to purchase guns, and ammunition. Anderson’s legislation would repeal the FOID Act in its entirety.
Anderson’s legislation would not expand concealed carry, or change any of the current restrictions against felons possessing firearms. Federal background checks that are required before a firearm can be purchased will remain in place to ensure that those who are not legally eligible are not allowed to buy a gun.
“This bill doesn’t expand concealed carry, or make it easier for criminals to buy guns,” said Anderson. “It is simply common-sense legislation that repeals a law that has outlived its necessity.”