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Sen. Scott Bennett (center)

SPRINGFIELD – On Wednesday morning, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) joined a press conference alongside State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) and Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly to discuss legislation to modernize Firearms Owner Identification cards in Illinois.

“Applications for Illinois FOID cards and concealed carry licenses have been backlogged for more than a year, and my office has received countless calls from constituents asking us to fix this problem so they can be compliant with the law,” Bennett said. “Together, we have formed a solution with the Illinois State Police that would help clear the backlog and speed up application processing.”

Senate Bill 1165, an initiative of the ISP, would create a prohibited persons portal to help law enforcement identify people whose FOID cards have been revoked, create a review board to respond to revocations and denials, and enact other changes to make the application and renewal process more efficient.

“Again and again, we see we should be using less of our resources on an antiquated, outdated, inefficient, ineffective renewal process from the 1960s and more on enforcement against real threats to public safety,” said ISP Director Brendan Kelly. “Our people believe in building a system that makes it hard for the bad guys and simple and safe for the good guys, but we need authority from the legislature to untangle, streamline and integrate the aging patchwork of FOID, concealed carry, and background checks if we are going to fulfill this mission.”

Koehler is the lead sponsor of the legislation, which has been assigned to the Senate Executive Committee.

Caption information for attached photo: State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) (middle) attends a press conference at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.