ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR) - It's a law that's been on the books in Illinois for more than 50 years, but State Representative John Cabello is looking to have the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act repealed.
The 68th district Republican filed House Bill 4067 which would eliminate the law that requires all Illinois residents to apply for a FOID card in order to legally possess or purchase guns or ammunition in the state.. Those in favor of FOID cards say it helps keep Illinoians safe because the application process includes a background check. But Cabello argues that FOID cards are needed in just three other states: Hawaii.. New Jersey and Massachusetts. So why is it needed in Illinois.
"For me it's seems like it's just another road block for law abiding citizens," said Cabello. "Criminals are never going to go out and get what they need because they're criminals. It's just one more layer of government. I think right now there is a 62,000 back log of people trying to get their FOID or renew their FOID. It's a problem that we've had for a long time. "
Cabello is now hoping that House Speaker Michael Madigan will assign this bill to a committee for discussion, but admits that it's a long shot at this point.