Improves the FOID and stops private sales
AB 1966 passed both the Illinois House and Senate. The Senate is now considering changes made by the House. The bill improves the Firearm Owner’s Identification Card (FOID card) and helps prevent gun exchanges among gang members. It would stop Chicago gangs from avoiding background checks. As usual, the NRA and other gun groups are fighting this bill because it would inconvenience gun owners. Once again, for them, convenience beats gun violence prevention.
👍 AB 1966 would strengthen the FOID with requirements like fingerprinting closing loopholes in the process. It would prevent the private sale or gift of weapons. Currently, private sales avoid background checks.
Tracking Bill Progress: bold=passed, italics=location
—In the House—>In Committee—>On House Floor—>Passed Chamber
—In the Senate—>In Committee—>Back On Senate Floor—>Passed Chamber
—After Passage—>On Governor’s Desk—>Governor Signed—>Becomes Law
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