Illinois bill would require fingerprints for gun purchases

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Illinois lawmakers are proposing changes to make fingerprints mandatory for gun purchases.

The "Fix the FOID Act," also known as HB 96​, is designed to strengthen the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card system. The bill would help ensure that people with a violent criminal history, who are prohibited from gun possession, cannot work around the law and arm themselves.

Under the bill, people looking to purchase a gun would be required to "include a full set of his or her fingerprints in electronic format to the Department of State Police for the purpose of identity verification."

The bill comes in response to after a mass shooting led to six deaths and five officers being shot at an Aurora workplace on Feb. 15, 2019. Officials say the gunman was able to obtain a FOID card and purchase the gun he used in the shooting despite having a prior felony conviction.

Opponents of the legislation say they do not want to punish all gun owners because of the actions of so few.

The Gun Violence Prevention Committee and the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition sponsor the bill.