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January 26, 2020

12/18/2019 10:12:00 AM
Miller urges stop to 'sweeping' of money from FOID card fund

State Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland) says nearly $30 million has been taken from funds generated by FOID applications and Concealed Carry applications - a practice he wants Gov. J.B. Pritzker to stop.

"It is appalling that money that is supposed to go to reduce the wait time for FOID card applications and concealed carry applications is being used for other purposes," Miller said. "We hear from people all of the time about the problems they have with renewals and other issues with their FOID cards and now we know why. The money in these funds should not be diverted. It should go to reducing wait times and administrating FOID cards and concealed carry licenses - not the day-to-day operation of state government."

According to the Legislative Research Unit, there are about 2.3 million FOID card holders. The breakdown of the $10 10-year FOID card license is: $6 goes to the Wildlife and Fish Fund; $3 goes to the State Police Firearm Services Fund and $1 goes to the State Police Services Fund. The breakdown for the $150 five-year Illinois Concealed Carry License is: $120 goes to the State Police Firearm Services Fund; $20 goes to Mental Health Reporting Fund; and $10 goes to the State Crime Laboratory.

In the five years covered in this report, Miller says a total of $13,210,268 was swept from the State Police Firearm Services Fund to the General Revenue Fund and a total of $15,296,510 was swept from the State Police Services Fund to the General Revenue Fund for a total of $28,506,778.

"The problem with wait times is not a lack of money, but rather how the funds are being allocated," Miller said. "Last spring, gun control advocates wanted to dramatically increase the cost of a FOID card. This is an insult to honest gun owners who are simply trying to exercise their Constitutional rights. Why should they pay more when the money they are already paying is not going to the intended purpose behind the fees? The Governor needs to end the practice of diverting these funds."

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