Release - May
IL – Exercising Constitutional rights in America should not cost money, but
under new legislation approved in the Illinois House today the cost of gun
ownership in Illinois will dramatically increase.
The House approved Senate Bill 1966 62-52. The legislation would substantially the increase cost
of a FOID card and complicate the process by mandating fingerprinting as a
requirement to obtain/renew a FOID card with a maximum cost of $30 for the
service. The legislation also raises the FOID card renewals to $20 every 5
years (currently $10 for a 10-year license). Finally, it also requires private
firearm sales/transfers go through a licensed dealer.
“This legislation is an affront to
every gun owner in this state,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the
Illinois State Rifle Association. “You should not have to pay money to exercise
your Constitutional rights. We have a guaranteed right to own a firearm under
the Constitution, but here in Illinois to exercise that right, you must jump
through all kinds of hoops and pay all kinds of money to the state. There are
few things you can count on in life, but one of them is
that Illinois State Rifle Association will keep fighting this in the
Legislature and will be challenging this terrible legislation in court should
it be signed into law.”
information, log on to www.isra.org.