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Illinois Can’t Keep Up With Inundation Of Firearm Permit Requests

May 10, 2013 by  

The little card that identifies Illinois residents as lawful gun owners has gotten incredibly hard to obtain, as State police report an enormous backlog of applications since December of last year.

According to a CBS Chicago report, Illinois State Police are already 76,000 applications behind in processing citizens’ requests for Firearms Owner Identification (FOID) Cards — and that was before April, when an additional 28,000 applications poured in.

The approval process is designed to approve or deny an applicant’s request within 30 days, but budget cuts and understaffing are supposedly exacerbating the delays.

A lobbyist with the National Rifle Association is also pushing the State to expedite the renewal process for gun owners whose cards are expiring. FOID cards must be renewed every 10 years.


Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Don 2

    Illinois, New York, Colorado, and other states need to vote out of office all Democrats and RINO Republicans at all levels of government, or else they will continue to lose their Constitutional freedoms and liberties.

    • JimH

      Hi Don, The Chicago cemetery’s hold to many voters for the eligible living voters to over rule.


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