Illinois Sued as Wait for Mandatory Gun Owner Cards Stretches Months
By Chris Eger
Applicants who meet the qualifications for a FOID card in Illinois are supposed to receive it in 30 days. A federal lawsuit contends that just isn’t happening. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Officials in the Land of Lincoln are named in a federal lawsuit filed this week by individuals who have been waiting months for mandated Firearm Owners Identification cards, which are supposed to be issued within 30 days of application.
The cards, required by the state since 1968, hail from an era that predated NICS checks and have been derided over the years as being flawed, redundant, and unnecessary. Nonetheless, they are still a requirement to legally possess a firearm in Illinois. While state law requires the state police to issue cards to applicants that meet all requirements within a month, that isn’t happening, which is the underlying factor of the legal action.
“The law requires that the Illinois State Police either approve or deny a FOID card application within 30 days,” said Second Amendment founder Alan Gottlieb in a statement to Guns.com. “But ISP has been dragging its feet, leaving applicants in limbo for months. Sometimes the agency doesn’t act for as long as 60 or even 90 days. You can bet that