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  1. Hello, I was hoping anyone who has been in a similar situation to mine would be able to share how it worked out for them. I recently went through the process of obtaining my FOID card. I was initially denied for being admitted to a mental institution more than 5 years ago. However, after being cleared by a qualified examiner, my application was approved. I was now hoping to make use of it and purchase a handgun to start using at a range near me, but when I looked over the Federal Background Check form (4473) one question stood out to me. Question 21f asks: Have you ever been adjudicated as a mental defective OR have you ever been committed to a mental institution? I was put in a mental institution by police officers/ paramedics when I was 17 back in 2011. There was no judge involved but based on the circumstances it still seems as though it would be considered involuntary. My main question is does my being approved for a FOID card mean I would pass the Federal background check for this question? I have tried looking up this question before here and although it sounds like because Illinois deems me able of purchasing/ possessing a firearm I would be able to, it does not outright say this is the case in the 4473 support. I tried reaching out to the ISP for clarification but never heard back. Thank you in advance for any advice. Andrew
  2. Hi again Molly, I did get the denial letter like you said. According to it the reason is 430 ILCS 65/8 (U). Reading through this it says I will need to be cleared by a mental health evaluation for being admitted to a mental health facility more than 5 years ago. Is the only avenue forward at this point one of those FOID evaluations? I tried searching this online a bit and it seems the asking price is $800 minimum. Are you aware of people having luck working with other evaluators (the letter says it can be a physician, clinical psychologist, or qualified examiner)? Thank you again, Andrew
  3. Actually after reading through the issues other people are having in this thread it sounds like I was denied because I was put into a mental hospital when I was 17 (few weeks before I turned 18). I figured that would not even be considered as I was still a minor and this happened in late 2010 but it sounds like this must be on my record still. I don't think there is anything else it could be and I never got a reason for being denied. Based on what I have read it sounds like the only route is one of these expensive evaluations then? Thanks again for the help
  4. Thanks for your reply, I did not answer yes to any of the questions so that must not be what my issue is then. I am going to keep trying to get a hold of someone at the ISP.
  5. Hi Molly, I was hoping you would have some advice on my situation. I just checked my FOID application to see that is was denied. However as far as I can tell, there is no reasoning given on the application portal and when I tried calling the number on the State Police website it does not go through. My only guess would be that is has something to do with the mental health question as I have been to a therapist / on medicine at some point in the last 5 years. Is this something that you have seen before? Thanks for you help, Andrew
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