Illinois lawmakers want fingerprints to be part of FOID process

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ILLINOIS (WEHT) The leader of the Illinois State Police is supporting a firearm owner identification fingerprint bill.

The measure would require FOID applicants to submit their fingerprints in order to obtain a card.

Lawmakers pushed for the legislation last year after a gunman took the lives of five people in Aurora, Illinois. That gunman had a revoked FOID card.

State Police Director Brendan Kelly, says the agency has been doing more to help put an end to lapses in the system, and he says this bill would bring additional support.

“Those efforts, those enforcement details as well as the communication we have and the information we have with other law enforcement agencies is producing a measurable result. By any measure, that is an improvement. Is it good enough? Hell no. We still have to do a lot more. We got to do a lot more work.”

The bill made it out of the house last year but never got a vote in the Senate.

Kelly says card revocation numbers are too high to leave the law as is.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 14, 2020)

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