Who reads the packet?
An eligibility expert looks through the packet to see if everything needed has been submitted - i.e. proper forms all filled out, court documents, etc.
Who makes the decisions?
Once it is determined that all is in order, I believe the appeal goes to the director of the Firearm Service Bureau for review and decision.
What standards do they follow to determine if a FOID card is to be granted?
FOID appeals are usually pretty straight forward -
records correction? Yes, proper court documents submitted showing charges dismissed or that conviction is not a prohibiting factor
Mental Healthy voluntary/involuntary? Yes, mental health evaluation submitted, proof that 5 years has passed
Relief from non-violent felony? Yes, court documents showing 10 years has passed, letters of recommendation from family and friends, etc.
"It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." --Samuel Adams