Hello everyone my name is Dave and I have three felonies on my record in Illinois. At the age of 19 I was convicted of possession of stolen property and possession of a sawed off shotgun. Three years later I was convicted of possession of a weapon as a felon. I wont waste your time explaining how much I regret my youthful stupidity or the price I continue to pay having it on my record. Although this process started over a decade ago it may be of some use to those that seek their CCL.
1989 Felony conviction for Possession of stolen property and felony possession of a sawed off shotgun.
1990 Possession of a weapon as a felon.
Thirteen years later I applied for a FOID card in Illinois. It was sometime around October 2003. This is the denial letter and information sheet dated 1/24/2004.
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30 downloadsAll court records MUST BE CERTIFIED COPIES!.
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A representative in the Illinois State Police FOID division recommended that I include a personal letter explaining why I deserved and or wanted my rights restored. The following is the letter I had enclosed with my appeal.
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On 03/18/2004 I had received this letter from the Illinois State Police granting me partial relief.
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27 downloads At this point I took a copies of all my information and a check for $1500.00 to my attorney. He had not taken a case like this before but he did like a new challenge. I didn't see the inside of a courtroom. My attorney took care of it all and sent me a certified copy of the court order when the judge approved it. After forwarding the certified court order to the ISP, I received this letter dated 08/30/2004 and my FOID card.
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23 downloads Although it took less than a year to receive my FOID, I was very diligent on following up with researching, gathering information, and contacting people.
On January 5th
2014 I applied online for my CCL. I had completed the certification classes and submitted electronic fingerprints and checked YES on the felony conviction question.
2014 I received an e-mail denying my CCL. No letter, no explanation, nothing but your CCL has been denied.
After e-mailing, calling, and leaving voice messages with the ISP FOID division many times I finally had a real person pick up and tell me I would receive a denial letter in the mail. This letter failed to arrived. In mid March I contacted my state representatives local office. His assistant called the ISP FOID division many many times before getting someone to return her call. She was informed that my application was under review by the Firearms Services Bureau Chief and I should hear something soon. By this time it was past the 90-day failure to act deadline which would give me the right to go to court under (430 ILCS 66/87) Sec. 87. At the advice of my representatives assistant I decided to give the ISP some more time. The FOID division was very busy after all and I didnt want to spend two to three thousand if I didnt have to.
On July 4th
2014 I heard on the radio that the State of Illinois was ordered by the court to include a reason for denial on CCLs. I would like to thank the NRA for that. Their attorneys represented Michael Thomas in that case. >>>Please join the NRA!<<<At this point I had asked my representatives assistant to start the phone calls again. After diligence on her part, I finally received a denial letter from the ISP. The letter was dated March 14, 2014 but I didnt receive it until the postmark date of July 24, 2014. Go figure! The reason for denial?????? The ISP determined that I did not possess a valid FOID.
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Once again I gathered my documents, purchased certified copies of the court records, copied my FOID, and tried to upload it all on the ISP CCL website. Unfortunately, the appeals link did not work on the ISP web page. I decided it would be far better to send a certified letter to the ISP with all of the pertinent information. I figured they would ignore the letter anyway. The certified letter was sent on the 19th
of September 2014.
Months went by and no letter from the ISP.
My representative was voted out of office in November so my phone calls to their office went unanswered. My only option at this point was an attorney. My original attorney was now a judge and I had trouble finding another that would take the case. $2000.00 to start and it would go up from there said the new attorney. I took a couple weeks to think about it and on January 22, 2015, I received my CCL in the mail. Just over a year from the original application date. I am 46 years old and it's been a long time since I have truly felt like a kid on Christmass morning.
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Documentation required for appeal to the ISP for your FOIDhttp://www.isp.state...tion-appeal.pdf
CCL Request for Administrative Review
If you open this link in google chrome you can fill it out and print it. Otherwise you may have to print it and then fill it out. https://www.google.c...7C1YNt4Nvxn4wgA
Pay it forward in life, it pays back with dividens
Best wishes, Dave