The National Rifle Association says it might sue the Illinois State Police over a backlog in applications for gun permits. Brian Mackey has more.
State police say there are more than 1.4 million people in Illinois who have Firearm Owners’ Identification, or FOID cards. And some months are still seeing a record number of applicants — including 70,000 in January.
The state police are supposed to approve or deny permits within 30 days, but an audit last year found Illinois frequently missing that deadline. That has NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde suspecting a conspiracy.
VANDERMYDE: “It’s my belief that the governor’s office is trying to choke off the FOID section — and understaff them, and not give them the bodies they need to complete what they need to do — in an effort to squeeze a fee increase out of us.”
He says NRA lawyers are looking at suing the state over the backlog.
It came up during a long hearing in which members of the Illinois House of Representatives listened to activists on both sides of the concealed-carry debate. A federal court says Illinois has until early June to pass a law that lets people carry guns in public.
— Brian Mackey