Gun owners plan rally for start of fall legislative session to oppose fingerprinting measure
...Gun owners from around the state plan to remind Illinois lawmakers about their opposition to a measure that would require those seeking a Firearm Owners Identification card to submit fingerprints on the first day of the fall legislative session.
Lawmakers return to Springfield on Oct. 28 for the first three days of the veto session. State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson said he expects it to be a busy session with a lot of different issues coming up. The association will focus on Senate Bill 1966, a measure that would increase fees for Firearm Owner Identification cards.
Depending on where you are in the state, it drives up the cost between $200 to $300 for every five years so it becomes cost-prohibitive for the law-abiding firearm owner to do this, Pearson said.
The measure would also require FOID applicants to provide fingerprints at the applicant's expense.
Remember the Second Amendment is a fundamental right, Pearson said. Theres no other fundamental right that requires fingerprinting or anything even close.
Supporters of the measure have said fingerprinting is necessary to ensure people applying for a FOID card are allowed to have one. Sponsors of the measure said the fingerprinting mandate is needed to address loopholes in the system that led to a convicted felon from Mississippi getting a FOID card in Illinois, and buying a gun. That man killed five people at an Aurora warehouse in February even after his FOID card was revoked. State police revoked his FOID card after they discovered his felony conviction, which he had lied about on his initial application.
The bill has already passed the House. It is a Senate vote away from the governors desk.
Its down to the point where it just takes one vote in the Senate for this bill to become law and so we cant take a chance on not being there, Pearson said.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he supports requiring fingerprints for FOID applications.
"It helps, it really does, we've got to be able to identify those FOID cardholders," the governor said in September....
Edited by InterestedBystander, 20 October 2019 - 10:29 AM.