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Illinois FOID card law spared emergency void in Guns Save Life court challenge

December 31, 2019

Springfield, IL (The Center Square) – A three-judge panel denied a request from a gun-rights group for an emergency suspension of Illinois’ Firearm Owners’ Identification card law.

The Fourth District Appellate Court ruled Tuesday that Guns Save Life, an Illinois-based organization that advocates for Second Amendment rights, didn’t prove the need for a temporary stay on the state’s FOID card program, but did appear to approve of other aspects of the challenge.

In a complaint filed against Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Illinois State Police Director Brendan Kelly in May, Guns Save Life said that the state’s fee to apply for or renew a FOID card “places a tax upon the free exercise of a constitutional right and is violative of the Second Amendment as well as the Fourteenth Amendment.”

The court denied the request to have the program suspended until the case is settled. It said upending the long-standing law would hurt the state, regardless of the rights of the plaintiffs.

“Although maintaining the status quo could arguably further the irreparable injury to plaintiff’s members, granting the preliminary injunction could similarly cause irreparable injury to the State of Illinois because it would no longer have the means to identify people unqualified to possess firearms or ammunition, and it has no alternative means to do so. In effect, this would upset the status quo by nullifying a statute that has been in effect since 1968,” the court wrote in the ruling.

The ruling was disappointing but understandable, Guns Save Life Executive Director John Boch said.

“I kind of understand their reluctance to overturn a long-standing law on a preliminary injunction,” he said. “On the other hand, constitutionally, the FOID Act is unconstitutional.”

4 Responses to Illinois FOID card law spared emergency void in Guns Save Life court challenge

  1. GSL1598 on January 8, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    If the FOID card is the only way Illinois has to identify qualified individuals to possess firearms and ammunition, WHY do anyone having a current FOID card have to succumb to a “background check” when purchasing a new or another firearm? We have already “jumped through their hoops” getting the FOID card and maintaining possession of it.

    Without the FOID law for it to: “cause irreparable injury to the State of Illinois because it would no longer have the means to identify people unqualified to possess firearms or ammunition, and it has no alternative means to do so.” then WHAT is the NCIS for?

    • GSL1598 on January 8, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      …National Criminal Instant Check System..(above, not sure what the abbrev. is for that) DM.

  2. […] FOID card within the Illinois State Supreme Courtroom. A 3-judge panel denied a request from the Guns Save Life group for an emergency suspension of the FOID final month whereas the courtroom case is […]

  3. m. on January 23, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    aholes of IL: stick your foid card up your punk a**