Ill. lawmaker: Gun permit system 'ineffective'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker pushing gun-control legislation says an audit shows state oversight of firearms ownership is "ineffective at protecting our state."

Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy says Illinois State Police officials who run the Firearm Owners Identification program are stretched thin.

For example, Cassidy says the required 30-day turnaround for approving or denying gun-purchasing permits is too short for proper review.

Auditor General William Holland reported Thursday state police officials don't collect proper mental health records necessary to deny permits, don't confiscate all the issued cards they later revoke and more.

Cassidy has introduced several gun-control measures including one requiring criminal background checks on private handgun sales.

Lawmakers called for the audit after debate last spring over a denied Associated Press request for names of FOID cardholders.

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