010522CM0332 rPEORIA – A law sponsored by State Senator Dave Koehler, a longtime advocate to streamline the FOID card process for responsible gun owners, took effect earlier this week.

“This law will address a years-long backlog of FOID card applications across Illinois while closing loopholes that allow firearms to fall into dangerous hands,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “The modernized system will save time and money for lawful applicants, and will allow the Illinois State Police to more fully dedicate its resources to reducing gun violence.”

Public Act 102-0237 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, and expedites the FOID card renewal process for lawful gun owners in order to reduce hassle and prevent future backlogs.

Under the law, new FOID cards will be issued without expiration dates, and firearm owners who hold valid conceal carry licenses will receive combined FOID and CCL. Residents will also find it easier to keep these cards on them at all times through a new electronic option.

For residents whose FOID card expires during the term of their CCL, the FOID card will be automatically renewed without a fee. The person will then be sent a new combined FOID and CCL. Combined cards will not have printed issuance or expiration dates and will serve as both the cardholder’s FOID and CCL.

“Keeping our families safe from gun violence and removing undue hassle for lawful firearm owners aren’t mutually exclusive goals,” Koehler said. “This law will protect both our communities and our liberties.”

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