Illinois requires citizens to have a FOID (Firearms Owner Identification) card to buy and possess ammunition and firearms. However, Illinois is unable to keep up with their own statutory requirements of providing the citizens with a FOID card, background check allowing, within 30 days of clearance of the check for payment of the $10 required fee. I recently sent in my renewal form to renew my FOID card. I waited 30 days after the clearing of my payment plus a few days, and I still don’t have a FOID card, so I thought I would contact the State Police on the status of my card renewal. The recording I got on the phone, after about an hour straight of continuous dialing to busy signals stated that the current wait for FOID cards is 60 days.
This is in violation of Illinois’ State Law to provide the citizen with the required card. My card will soon expire and with no renewed card I will be in commission of a felony by simply possessing my own firearms unless I remove them from my residence to someone’s residence with a current FOID card prior to expiration.
I just want to ask if this is fair to severely inconvenience citizens due to the ineptitude of state government to come up with solutions. Many people believe the state deliberately makes things difficult on gun owners so they would say it’s just not worth it. I don’t believe this, I just think they are out of touch with the public like all politicians and government workers seem to be recently. I just wished they would be held to the standards industry holds its workers to.