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Illinois Swamped By Surge In Firearm Owner Applications
CBS Chicago ^ | May 9, 2013 | NA

Posted on 05/10/2013 2:19:00 PM PDT by neverdem

Illinois State Police say they’re trying to deal with a huge backlog of applications for Firearms Owner Identification cards.

The agency received more than 28,000 applications for cards during April alone.

That’s on top of an existing backlog of nearly 76,000 applications. The state police say they are dealing with a record number of applications.

State police are supposed to approve or deny applications within 30 days.

The agency says its understaffed due to budget cuts and is having trouble meeting the deadline.

Every month since December has seen a record number of Illinois residents applying for FOID cards. Officials say 31,249 applications were received in December. In January, 61,172 people applied for a card, and there were 56,078 applications in February. About 70,000 applications were filed in March.

Officials say the state police received 338,610 FOID applications last year.

A FOID card is required to legally own a gun in Illinois. The application to obtain a card costs $10 and is non-refundable. And the State Police only gets $3 of that fee to process the applications. Police spokesman Monique Bond said $6 goes to the Department of Natural Resources, while $1 goes to help fund a gun-tracking program.

The National Rifle Association in Illinois has complained about the backlog.

Lobbyist Todd Vandermyde has said the problem also affects current gun owners trying to renew their existing cards. The cards are valid for 10 years. The state sends gun owners a notice 60 days before the expiration date.

Some gun owners have waited more than three months to get their card, the State Journal Register reported.

The FOID card was created in 1968, by the FOID Act, as a way to identify those persons eligible to possess and acquire firearms and firearm ammunition in Illinois.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: banglist; chicago; corruption; crime; foid; government; guncontrol; illinois; nationalrifleassn; nra; police; rifle; secondamendment

1 posted on 05/10/2013 2:19:00 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem
The rush is to protect themselves from tyranny of a communists controlled America. Fearful of what the end of this empire will be to individual safety. Don't depend on law enforcement.
2 posted on 05/10/2013 2:25:38 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: neverdem

Why in hell should a gun owner identify themselves to a corrupt, unConstitutional, gun-grabbing regime?


3 posted on 05/10/2013 2:27:10 PM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: neverdem

My wife is getting her carry permit here in MA. Now I have to be nice to her.


4 posted on 05/10/2013 2:42:04 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: neverdem

There are exactly TWO Illinois State Troopers assigned to processing FOID card applications and renewals.


5 posted on 05/10/2013 2:43:33 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: neverdem
The application to obtain a card costs $10 and is non-refundable. And the State Police only gets $3 of that fee to process the applications. Police spokesman Monique Bond said $6 goes to the Department of Natural Resources, while $1 goes to help fund a gun-tracking program.

Every fee listed above is an Unconstitutional Poll Tax!
6 posted on 05/10/2013 2:45:19 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: neverdem

FOID? FOAD!


7 posted on 05/10/2013 2:58:11 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS
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To: DMZFrank; endthematrix; Chgogal; NotJustAnotherPrettyFace; Lawgvr1955; Petruchio; stylin19a; ...

There’s no place like home. The State of Illusion is sick, but I know several people who never had FOIDs and are now getting them.

It’s a start.

If you want off or on this Illinois list please FReepmail me. Neverdem has asked me to maintain an Illinois ping-list and it may be a good idea so that we can organize and act promptly on issues of interest and importance.


8 posted on 05/10/2013 2:58:32 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: MeganC

And pay for it to boot!


9 posted on 05/10/2013 2:59:07 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Lurker

Another reason for going to Constitutional Carry. Government is not our friend.


10 posted on 05/10/2013 3:00:13 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: neverdem

So if you get 60 days advance notice to renew your card and it takes 90 days to get the card, are you in violation of Illinois law to own a gun during the gap and subject to state reprisal (prosecution)?


11 posted on 05/10/2013 3:08:49 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: 1010RD

It has been a month since I sent my app in. One of my co-workers told me to expect to wait at least another month..


12 posted on 05/10/2013 3:19:00 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: Truth29

I have no idea. I’m far away.


13 posted on 05/10/2013 3:32:56 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: Truth29
So if you get 60 days advance notice to renew your card and it takes 90 days to get the card, are you in violation of Illinois law to own a gun during the gap and subject to state reprisal (prosecution)?

If state law specifies that the state is required to issue the card within 30 days of receiving a valid application, then although the statute does not specify a specific penalty for the state's failure to issue the card in timely fashion, the fact that an individual does not have a current FOID card on their possession would be purely a consequence of the state's unlawful failure to supply it. As such, prosecuting someone for the state's unlawful activity would constitute entrapment. That's not to say the state wouldn't try it and impose considerably legal expenses upon its victims, but that wouldn't make the state's actions even remotely valid even outside the RKBA issues.

Another thing to note is that unless things have changed, the statutes that require a FOID to acquire firearm or ammunition, or to transport an assembled firearm on a public right of way, specify that the FOID has to be current and unexpired, but, the statute that requires a FOID to possess a firearm on one's own property merely specifies that the FOID must have been previously issued by the Illinois State Police. Under an honest reading of the statutes, someone whose FOID expires would--unless or until it is renewed--not be allowed to purchase firearms or ammunition, nor transport firearms that were assembled, but would not be committing any crime merely by having the firearms on his own property, or by transporting them in a broken-down (disassembled) condition.

14 posted on 05/10/2013 3:58:15 PM PDT by supercat (Renounce Covetousness.)
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To: neverdem

Oddly enough, if the Republicans in Illinois can continue to block a new bill, come June 9th, there will be gun freedom in Illinois. Hopefully there are private gun dealers just outside the state borders ready to rush in and sell guns and ammunition like there is no tomorrow.

Literally a situation where “price is no obstacle”.

Sell a .38 special and 50 rounds for a thousand dollars. The fashionable Glock .40 and a hundred rounds for five thousand dollars.

Oddly enough, the longstanding nickname for people from Illinois is “suckers”. So this should properly be called:

“THE SUCKER GOLD RUSH”.


15 posted on 05/10/2013 4:20:01 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

LOL!


16 posted on 05/10/2013 4:35:09 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: MeganC
Why in hell should a gun owner identify themselves to a corrupt, unConstitutional, gun-grabbing regime?

In the corrupt, unConstitutional, gun-grabbing regime State of Chicagoland residents can't even buy ammo without a FOID card.

A few years ago nonresidents could buy ammo without a FOID card, but why feed the beast.

17 posted on 05/10/2013 4:57:04 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: Truth29

Technically, yes you are. Mayor Daley had the State Police notify the Chicago PD when a city resident FOID expired. They then got a knock on the door asking for their firearms.


18 posted on 05/10/2013 5:07:48 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: neverdem

A message to the few remaining conservatives in IL: take your state back. Ignore your state’s laws, they are not constitutional. Start killing the bastards that control the tyranny.


19 posted on 05/10/2013 5:45:38 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: neverdem

Where in the SECOND AMMENDMENT does it say you have to have a freaking FOID card???????


20 posted on 05/10/2013 7:13:46 PM PDT by longhorn too
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To: 1010RD
There’s no place like home. The State of Illusion is sick, but I know several people who never had FOIDs and are now getting them.

After the last election, every single person at work who didn't have one already, put in for a FOID. A couple people at least got their first guns.

21 posted on 05/10/2013 7:35:53 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means." --I. Montoya)
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To: 1010RD

Thanks for the ping!


22 posted on 05/10/2013 8:11:04 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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