State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) is joining the call with fellow House Republicans to end delays in FOID card processing and address fund sweeps of $28 million from the Illinois State Police fund that has led to delays in processing FOID card applications and renewals.
“My office, like most of my colleagues, has been inundated with calls from concerned constituents who are still waiting for their FOID card application or renewal to be processed,” said Murphy. “These people are trying to do the right thing and follow the law, but the State Police are weeks or months behind because the funds paid by law-abiding citizens have wrongly been swept for other purposes. No citizens should have their constitutional rights infringed, especially under these circumstances, and I hope the legislation we are offering to protect this fundamental right will be allowed to advance.”
To address the issue, Murphy, along with several other House Republicans, including State Representatives Mike Marron (R-Fithian), Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) and Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) are supporting several pieces of legislation.
- HJRCA 40 would amend the Illinois Constitution to place fees collected from FOID and CCL applicants in a ‘lockbox’ fund that would be protected from future fund sweeps;
- HB 4447 states that any renewal application shall be accepted by the Illinois State Police if submitted within 180 days before the expiration of the applicant’s FOID card or concealed carry license;
- HB 4448 would require the Illinois State Police to automatically renew any concealed carry license holder’s FOID card as long as their concealed carry license is in good standing until the time that the concealed carry license expires;
- HB 4450 spells out the process by which any appeal of the denial of a FOID card or concealed carry license must be handled and provides specific guidelines for the State Police in regard to the time it takes to process any such appeal.
In addition to the legislation to address the delays and fund sweeps, Murphy has also filed House Bill 4019. This legislation waives the $150 concealed carry application fee if the applicant is an honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces of the United States who has been awarded a marksmanship badge.