SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS) - An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation easing the application process for a Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOID) and concealed carry licenses.
Under Senate Bill 1139, the legislation would also provide additional aid to members of the military and law enforcement. It was introduced by state Rep. Monica Bristow, (D-Alton).
Bristow introduced language to Senate Bill 1139 , which would:
- Extend the life of renewed concealed carry licenses, by setting the new expiration date five years from the expiration of the previous license as opposed to five years from the renewal application date. This will ensure that applicants do not lose time on their license simply from renewing earlier.
- Exempt the World Shooting Complex at Sparta from recent restrictive firearm dealer licensing requirements.
- Clarify that qualified current and retired law enforcement members in Illinois are exempt from concealed carry restrictions under federal law.
- Allow off-duty law enforcement members to carry a concealed firearm while hunting.
- Allow military members to apply for a FOID or a concealed carry license when they are 18, rather than requiring the permission of a parent or guardian.
“Law-abiding gun owners have been under attack by special interest groups that want to unfairly restrict the constitutional rights of residents and families in our communities,” Bristow said. “My package of pro-Second Amendment reforms would help cut the red tape and ease the unfair burdens placed on gun owners in Illinois who are following the law. This would also help clarify current issues facing one of the largest economic drivers in Illinois and our members of law enforcement, while reducing the burdensome restrictions on our police and military members.”
State Rep. Nathan Reitz (D-Steeleville) is co-sponsoring the pro-Second Amendment legislation.
“I’m sponsoring a commonsense, pro-gun bill to defend southern Illinois from the one-dimensional Chicago-assault on legal gun ownership. This proposal will protect our Second Amendment values by creating exceptions for law enforcement and military personnel,” Reitz said. “It also ensures the World Shooting Complex in Sparta is exempt from recently imposed gun regulations which negatively impact our vendors and small and locally owned businesses in the area.”