Illinois: Rauner signs bills on hunting, firearms cards
By Chris Eger
“With laws enacted today, responsible gun owners’ FOID cards remain active while ISP processes renewals,” said Rauner after signing HB 4855 last week. (Photo: Rauner’s office)
Moves to allow a grace period on gun card expirations and make more safety options available for hunters were signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner over the weekend.
The most sweeping of the bills, HB 4855, allows for a 60-day grace period on expiring Firearms Owners Identification Cards while a renewal application is being processed. Previously, state law treated FOID cards, issued for 10-year periods, as invalid if they expired during the renewal process, with penalties for gun possession without a valid card running as high as a year in prison.
“We shouldn’t punish gun owners who make every effort to get their renewal applications in on time,” Rauner, who signed the bill Friday, said in a statement. “This grace period will ensure there is no interruption in their rights to keep their firearms.”
Passing the state House 97-4 in April and the Senate by a unanimous vote in May, HB 4855 also tightens the reporting standards for hospitals to report all mental health admissions to the state’s Department of Human Services, which could trigger authorities