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.

Michael Walters

Decatur

(16) comments

Nuclear Nemesis
Nuclear Nemesis

Mike, haven't you realized yet that the state only follows the rules it likes? There is a requirement in the Illinois Constitution that the budget shall not exceed the funding estimate, but you don't see them worrying about that one either.

jt1968
jt1968

What's worse, is if you're from another state. I moved here recently from Utah and brought my guns and bows with me. I went to buy ammo for hunting season (I have an IL license now) and not only can I NOT buy ammo...I can't even touch a freaking gun at Cabelas or other stores! I applied for a FOID card and the website says 30 DAYS! I call after 32 days and not receiving it and they said, "it takes 60 days now". I asked, "have you at least received my application?" The buffoon said, "I don't know, you have to call back in 60 days". I was so mad I asked why she couldn't just tell me if it was received if it supposedly takes 60 days to fully processed? She said, "I can't tell you anything for at 'at least' 60 days! What other state does such idiotic things? In essence, I am a prisoner in a state that claims to be in the US. I can't buy ammo, can't buy another gun, etc. What can be done about this travesty???

forzion
forzion

Three months no card!!!!! It was expired not a new one!

Tex67
Tex67

The only solution is to move out of this state, I AM!

Brian from Bloomington
Brian from Bloomington

My card expired in December, 2012, so I sent in a renewal through our local sporting good store on Oct 22nd, 2012. Its is now Jan 14th, 2013 and I still have not received my renewed FOID card or received any information from the state. That's 3 months where I cannot legally hunt, buy ammo, or even possess a firearm. 2nd amendment in IL does not exist with this current FOID card process. Something has to change.

Lifebreath
Lifebreath

Mine too. Sent directly to ISP in November. Called late December and was informed they had logged the application on Dec. 4. Still have not received and the $10 check has not been cashed. The state law specifies that "The Department of State Police shall either approve or deny all applications within 30 days from the date they are received..." When I called, I was on hold with a recorded message stating that current FOID processing time is over 60 days! Flaunting the law AND announcing it!

Anyway, I wrote my representative requesting that he investigate the matter. The understaffed ISP FOID office apparently relies on the ignorance of applicants with respect to the law.

Hihatt
Hihatt

Applied on Dec 3 it is now Jan 18 and no card. They say on their website that it is 30 days from the time your check clears. The state waited 30 days before even depositing my check. This is just a renewal. They are intentionally delaying the process to slow the sale of guns and ammunition in this frecked up state. I had a friend purchase a gun on line for me and I will pay him when it arrives at my local FFL. After my daughter gets married this summer I'm moving out of Illinois. This FOID card thing is just one more reason to get out of this corrupt state.

illinoissux
illinoissux

I sent in a FOID renewal October 23, 2012 and still have not received a FOID card or an answer at all in the mail. I have called twice so far and they always say it is being processed and it will be another 60 days. I have also emailed many times but never received an answer. This is January 23, 2013 so it has been three months. I have never had this trouble with them before, ever. I am not a fan of Illinois and would love to move away from this worthless state again and this time not ever come back here for any reason.

Joe1
Joe1

I applied in March 2012 at which time my check was also cashed....I have not yet recieved my card, nor can I got a hold of anybody. Phone and email has been unsuccessful.

Chauss
Chauss

Gentlemen, contact the Illinois state police Director Hiram Grau, (Suite 1100 – S) (217)-782-7263. CALMLY explain that they are in violation of the state law and ask that your card be processed within 24 hours. I did this for my wife's FOID card and ISP processed and shipped it the next day.
Please be polite and firm and you should have the results you want.

dougieil
dougieil

Update March 28, 2013 I sent in my FOID application (a renewal application) on January 8, 2013. My check was cashed on February 11. I called today to inquire and, of course, all customer service reps were busy. BUt the recording said FOID processing is now taking over 60 days. I guess I'll call back in Mid-April. Not like I could buy any ammo now anyway.

justsomeguy
justsomeguy

I applied for my FOID card in mid February. They cashed my check on Feb 28th and I just got my card in today. I don't understand why it is taking longer for some people to get there's than others but mine took roughly 48 days from the day they cashed my check. Maybe they're getting caught up or at least faster at processing?

JollyMon
JollyMon

Wife and I sent applications in Jan. 14. Checks were cashed Feb. 5 & 6 (got their money first). Wife's card issued Mar. 1, received it Mar. 4. I am going on 90 days - no card. No, there isn't a reason for rejection. Called several times and was told to be patient. So far in the first quarter of 2013, there have been over 188,000 applicants. There were 338,614 (a record in IL) for the entire year of 2012. The State Police have stopped showing the numbers on the chart on the website (only thru Feb.).
Could be political - the longer it takes, the more the conspiracy theories ignite. After all this is Obama's home state. The director of the ISP should thank Obama for this headache.

NateHohlt
NateHohlt

I mailed my application with a Money Order - hoping that might speed it up - on May 1, 2013. That means, May 31st *should* be the day that my card is approved or denied (no reason for denial). If I do not receive anything in the mail by June 4th, I will be contacting the Illinois State Police Director like someone stated above. Apparently it worked quite well for him, having recieved his the next day. I had a friend who applied almost 9 months ago and he still hasn't received a card or denial papers, and he has had absolutely no luck contacting the ISP via phone AND email. I hope this debt-filled place we call Illinois gets its rear in gear and takes care of all the tax paying citizens. They don't seem to have a problem cashing everyones' checks, but then they refuse to approve/deny, send out the cards, or even renew the cards of those who already have a FOID card.

Good luck to everyone fighting to be a legal, rightful gun owner in this "state".

- Nathan
Nashville (IL)

NateHohlt
NateHohlt

So this morning I was watching the news and now, apparently, victims of the Newtown shooting's parents are pushing to lower ammunition limits in Illinois. Now is It just me, or does that make ABSOLUTELY no sense whatsoever. I feel for the victims and the families, but why should Illinois gun owners and distributors have to suffer. Illinois didnt shoot up that Pennsylvania school, maybe they should focus on states with more firearms per house capita. Simply food for thought (and a little...well a lot VS).

fishfood63
fishfood63

Can anybody tell me how long does it take to review a revoked f.o.i.d. card ???? It has been over a year !!!!! I am real tired of this stone walling

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