- Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:22 AM
CHICAGO – State Senator Ira Silverstein (D‐Chicago) introduced a measure in the Senate this week to close a dangerous loophole allowing felons to receive FOID cards and concealed carry licenses in Illinois.
After a recent incident in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, a convicted felon involved in a self-defense shooting was discovered to have changed his identity and successfully received a FOID card and concealed carry permit when he applied under his new legal name.
“Fingerprints could have identified this man as a felon and disqualified him from owning a gun, but fingerprinting is not required in Illinois now to get a firearm owner’s identification card or concealed carry permit,” said Silverstein. “We must close this loophole and ensure permits are only issued to those proven to be legally eligible in a thorough background check with mandatory fingerprints.”