SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA)– Lawmakers passed a bill that will require fingerprint submissions from people seeking to get or renew FOID cards.
In a debate that went on for around three hours, members of the House voted yes on the measure. It will increase the price of a FOID card from 10 dollars to 20 dollars. Originally, lawmakers called to increase the fee to 50 dollars but lowered the price after hearing concerns from colleagues.
Money collected from the new fees will go to State Police to help them retrieve guns from people with revoked FOID cards. House Republicans debated the bill’s constitutionality while bill sponsors pushed for it to pass to keep guns out of the hands of people who are not supposed to have them.
“This bill is a total and complete infringement of the second amendment of the bill of rights and the United States Constitution. Yesterday, I sat here and I listened as many of you invited people from neighboring states to come to Illinois and get an abortion. What on Earth is going to keep anyone from bringing a gun across the state line?” Louisville republican Representative Darren Bailey asked.
“We have had numerous cases that have been upheld in other states that state this is not a violation. Certainly the right to bear arms comes with it a responsibility and it doesn’t say any arms and anybody. There are numerous case laws that go into that,” Addison democrat and bill sponsor Kathleen Willis said.
Willis said the shooting in Aurora that left six dead earlier this year is the driving force behind the measure; police found the shooter’s card was revoked years before he opened fire at Henry Pratt Company. The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote of concurrence.