New law protects FOID card holders
By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News
(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) — Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday signed legislation that gives gun owners a 60-day grace period to keep their Firearms Owners Identification Card active while their renewal application is being processed, even if the processing period extends beyond the card’s expiration date. Previously, FOID cards were deemed invalid if they expired during the renewal process.
“We shouldn’t punish gun owners who make every effort to get their renewal applications in on time,” Rauner said. “This grace period will ensure there is no interruption in their rights to keep their firearms.”
House Bill 4855 also gives Illinois State Police 60 business days, instead of 30 calendar days, to review and approve renewal applications that are received in a timely manner.
“This is a win-win solution to problems for both gun owners and the ISP regarding FOID card suspensions, revocations and renewals,” said State Police Director Leo Schmitz. . .
“This new law allows the Illinois State Police, by rule, to suspend a FOID card for the duration of a disqualification, rather than having to permanently revoke the FOID card, as long as the disqualification is not a permanent grounds for revocation like a felony conviction,” said State Sen. Tim Bivins, (R-Dixon), who served more than 32 years in law enforcement. “It also clarifies the definition of ‘patient’ so hospitals and mental health facilities have a better idea about who is subject to reporting guidelines required by the FOID Card Act, and what should be reported to the Department of Human Services, and ultimately the State Police.”