Illinois State Police are woefully behind on processing Firearms Owners Identification cards, required by the state for its residents to possess firearms or ammunition.
While the cards are good for ten years, processing times last we knew were between sixty and ninety days in most cases.
The law mandates the cards be processed in 30 days. This morning, it seems they are still nowhere near caught up. And when the mainstream media are reporting on it, then it must be bad.
Chicago (CBS) — Illinois State Police say they’re trying to deal with a huge backlog of applications for Firearms Owner Identification cards.
The agency received more than 28,000 applications for cards during April alone.
That’s on top of an existing backlog of nearly 76,000 applications. The state police say they are dealing with a record number of applications.
State police are supposed to approve or deny applications within 30 days.
The agency says its understaffed due to budget cuts and is having trouble meeting the deadline.
Sounds like reason enough to abandon the program. A right delayed is a right denied.