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Munoz proposal closes loophole in FOID card administration

munoz 052418SPRINGFIELD – Assistant Majority Leader Antonio “Tony” Munoz (D-Chicago) advanced legislation Thursday giving the Illinois State Police tools to better evaluate Firearm Owners Identification Card applications.

“This measure provides the State Police the proper information for them to make the right decisions when it comes to administering FOID cards,” Munoz said. “It closes a loophole that was potentially putting guns in the hands of individuals who are unfit to possess them.”

Currently, individuals who have been a patient of a mental health facility within the past five years are ineligible to receive a FOID card. House Bill 4855 expands the definition of patient to include those who are placed in a mental health facility against their will, but ultimately not court ordered.

The legislation also:

  • Changes the Illinois State Police’s requirement to approve or deny FOID card renewals within a 30-day period to a 60-day period.
  • Allows for the suspension of an individual's FOID card if the card is subject to revocation for a reason that is not grounds for permanent revocation.

The proposal now moves to the governor’s desk for final approval before it becomes law.

Sen. Antonio Munoz


1st District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1999 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Executive; Executive Appointments (Chairperson); Insurance; Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Born Feb. 18, 1964, in Chicago; served in U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division; City of Chicago-Mayor's License Commission, Local Liquor Control Section (1990); Dept. of Aviation; Mayor's Office of Budget & Management; member of Fraternal Order of Police; married (wife, Patricia), has three children.