On Thursday, Illinois State Police officials announced in statements that they have taken, "wide ranging steps to improve operations, information sharing and enforcement of FOID card revocation laws," in the year following the deadly shooting at Aurora's Henry Pratt company.
There are more than 2.2 million FOID cardholders in the state. State Police say last year, the Firearms Services Bureau received more than 300,000 new applications and renewals, more than 42,000 address changes, more than 386 firearms transaction inquiries and reviewed on average 220,000 newly submitted records to match to FOID card applicants and holders.
State Police officials say that on average, 90% of new FOID applications were processed within 30 days.
Citing the Aurora shooting, ISP Director Brendan Kelly says updates have included allowing local law enforcement and others to access a web portal so agencies can identify individuals within their jurisdictions who were and were not in compliance with the FOID Act.
Additionally, officials say the FSB has now made changes to allow the FOID revocation list to be shared with all law enforcement to indicate if the revoked FOID card has been returned and/or if a Firearm Disposition Report has been submitted to ISP.
Since May 2019, ISP officials say they have conducted more than 200 FOID revocation details across the state and there are an average of 10,000 revocations a year with revoked FOID card returns increasing and the submission of dispositions increasing by more than 100 %.
Finally, numerous pieces of legislation regarding FOID remain in the statehouse.
Locally, Republican Rep. Keith Wheeler filed legislation, last year, that would require several things from a "prohibited persons portal" to creating a task force for weapons removal and strengthening the requirement of courts to remove firearms from revoked persons.
Wheeler's bill remains in the rules committee and has garnered a few co-sponsors, mostly Republicans.
Meanwhile, other pieces of legislation are being pushed in the Senate like a bill that would require applying for a FOID renewal every five years instead of 10, requiring fingerprinting for background checks when applying and doubling fees from $10 to $20.
Another bill, backed by ISP, would widen fingerprinting associated records already obtained and would support requiring a set of fingerprints to obtain a FOID.
That bill also has provisions for a task force, a portal, a state police revocation enforcement fund and a school-based mental health services fund.