State Police Director updates FOID system improvements

State Police Director updates FOID system improvements

The Illinois State Police says they’ve improved efforts to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, but that more needs to be done.

Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly says one new resource is a web portal now used by more than 600 police departments and criminal justice agencies to help track down those who’ve had their FOID card revoked.

“FOID revocation data on the portal now includes the reason for revocation such as a new offense, a new conviction, an order of protection, a mental health prohibitor, or a clear and present danger prohibitor as well as associated firearms transaction histories.  So law enforcement can triage based on intelligence that indicates a threat for violence.”

Kelly is also pushing for more funding and would like to see the passage of a bill requiring fingerprints to obtain a FOID card.

“Will that help us get the job done better having that fingerprint, the answer is absolutely yes.  It’s part and parcel of law enforcement and common sense that fingerprints catch bad guys.”

The measure is currently awaiting a final vote in the Senate.

Photo:  State Police Director Brendan Kelly.