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Anderson Tries Again to Eliminate FOID Card

State Senator Neil Anderson

Once again Neil Anderson is trying to eliminate Illinois' FOID card. The state senator from the Quad Cities has introduced his bill because he thinks the firearm owners identification card is unnecessary, and is just a costly burden for the Illinois State Police.

Getting a FOID card requires a background check by the state police, then when someone tries to buy a gun, they're also subject to a federal background check.

Anderson says practically his bill makes sense, but maybe not politically for some members of the General Assembly.

"Because when people actually look at what the bill does, I think they realize some of their members are probably going to vote to repeal this. And I think it's something that's not politically advantageous for some legislators."

He admits his bill might appear to ease the requirements for owning firearms in Illinois, but says it really won't.

Senator Anderson is also unhappy the cost of a FOID card may go from the current $11.00 for ten years, to $50 for only five years.

The FOID law was enacted in 1968. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.